Brest prepares for renewable energy

first_imgFor the project, which will see the construction of a 400,000 sq m area and a heavy load quay for the large components used in the offshore renewable energy industry, Blue Water Shipping has acted as port agent for several coasters arriving in Brest with sheet piles.In total, the region will be investing around EUR220 million (USD258 million) in the project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2020.”This upgrade will hopefully attract large players from the offshore industry,” says Marianne Girardin, marine and renewables manager at Blue Water Brest. www.bws.netwww.brest.port.frlast_img read more

Appeal court revives mammoth £14bn Mastercard group action

first_imgA huge competition claim pitting 46 million consumers against Mastercard has been revived after the Court of Appeal granted permission to appeal a tribunal’s decision to dismiss the case.The case, brought by former financial services ombudsman Walter Merricks CBE, was brought on behalf of consumers alleged to be victims of excess ‘interchange fees’.The £14bn damages claim was the largest sum claimed in English legal history and one of the first cases brought under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, which provides for so-called ‘opt-out’ collective proceedings on behalf of a class of individuals.However the claim was thrown out by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) in July 2017. The CAT accepted Mastercard’s arguments that, even if loss had been suffered and could be estimated across the whole class, there was no way of ensuring that a class member would receive distribution of an amount compensating any actual loss suffered.The Court of Appeal has today granted permission to appeal. The CAT ruling will now be set aside. The court found that distribution is a matter for the trial judge to consider following the making of an aggregate award and therefore it was both premature and wrong for the CAT to have refused certification by reference to the proposed method of distribution: an error compounded by their view that distribution must be capable of being carried out by some means which corresponds to individual loss.Merricks, a former financial ombudsman, is represented by City firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Boris Bronfentrinker, partner at the firm, said: ‘Whilst it had been commented that the claim against Mastercard was overblown, the Court of Appeal has today definitively determined the opposite, recognising the need for mass consumer collective actions to be able to be pursued. This is a satisfying victory, but the focus now shifts to securing compensation for the 46 million UK consumers who lost out as a result of Mastercard’s action.’The action was initially financed by litigation funder Gerchen Keller Capital, now owned by Burford Capital, which was to provide upfront costs of up to £36m. If successful the funder stood to make whatever was the greater of £135m or 30% of the proceeds of the case up to £1bn, plus 20% of the proceeds over £1bn. A new funder, Innsworth Litigation Funding, has now taken on the case though the financial details have not been made public. Merricks said: ‘It’s now time for Mastercard to admit the damage they did, to apologise to the British public, and to agree to pay the compensation they owe. I’m particularly pleased that the judges recognised that the CAT’s decision would have frustrated the will of Parliament when it passed the Consumer Rights Act – that there should be an effective route for consumers to be compensated when businesses break competition law.’A spokesperson for Mastercard said: ‘This decision is not a final ruling and the proposed claim is not approved to move forward, rather the court has simply said a re-hearing on certain issues should happen. Mastercard continues to disagree fundamentally with the basis of the claim and we believe UK consumers receive real value from the security, convenience and consumer protection of our payment services.’last_img read more

Post-PFD Stay Scam Aware

first_imgMichelle Tabler with the Better Business Bureau said it is important for people to pay attention to how they handle sensitive papers which contain important personal information, especially when disposing of documents. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With this month’s PFD deposit came a host of scams targeting cashed-up Alaskans. Tabler: “You should be shredding any documents that have personal information, old tax returns, credit card statements, old bills, cell phone stuff, we don’t want people to just throw it away because a majority of stolen identity is still occurring by physical means, not just online so we want people to shred.”center_img She also said that it is best to take outgoing mail to the post office versus an unsecured mailbox where a little red flag can indicate when signatures and checks are present.last_img read more

Muntari wants Essien at Inter

Inter Milan’s Sulley Muntari is longing to play alongside Chelsea’s Michael Essien and is hoping that San Siro is the place that the two Ghanaians can play together.The 24-year old former Udinese star joined the Nerazzurri side during the summer from Portsmouth.Muntari has settled well into Jose Mourinho’s side scoring two vital goals for the Italian giants in the last two Serie A encounters against Juventus and Napoli.“Michael Essien is like a brother to me,” Muntari told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“When Inter made their interest known, he called me up and said I should accept without any fears, as I would find a great coach in [José] Mourinho.“Would I like to play alongside him? I already do that in the national side, but hopefully he will move here too.” Source: Ghanasoccernet read more

African wood industry: 10,000 micro-businesses need support for sustainable trade

first_imgA survey of 10,000 east and west African wood processing micro-businesses found that sourcing legal materials and legal compliance to be key difficulties in maintaining environmentally-ethical and legal business practices.The micro-businesses, connected and represented by a network of 21 wood industry associations, found a widespread need for more support and access to resources.The two reports from the survey results were released on Oct. 22 by the Global Timber Forum, a Washington, DC non-profit that works to build the capacity of forest and wood-based industry associations.The findings were released just ahead of Forest Legality Week, an annual gathering that draws together global forestry leaders and experts in Washington, D.C. Wood processing micro-businesses in several east, central and west African countries say they have a widespread need for more support and access to resources. Their rallying call for help is reflected in the results of a survey run by the  Global Timber Forum (GTF), a London-based non-profit that works to build the capacity of forest and wood-based industry associations for responsible trade. Information gathered through 21 wood-industry associations with a total membership of nearly 10,000 micro-businesses in several African countries led to two reports.  The reports focus on the relationship between micro-businesses and business associations in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Liberia and Mozambique. The findings come just ahead of the second annual Forest Legality Week  in Washington, D.C., where experts from around the world will discuss a variety of forestry-related sustainability issues. Results were formed from a series of anonymized surveys conducted with multiple associations from each country.GTF’s director of policy and external affairs, Andrew Escott, said in an interview that the undertaking revealed ways to interact with micro-businesses at scale. The research illustrates the barriers and challenges to establishing sustainable timber harvests with these small operations. According to Escott, the nature of these operations can vary wildly. Both surveys used parameters of 10 or fewer employees to define a typical micro-business, which Escott further defined as often being a family business typically run by father-son teams. They can include small logging companies, sawmills, charcoal, and small skilled production companies — joinery and furniture — which usually serve the local market. Escott said that many of the companies at this small size lack any legal standing — they are often unregistered and unlicensed, and many operate by cash. That doesn’t diminish their importance, though.“It is these guys [whom] anyone with an interest in preserving forests needs to reach,” Escott said. “Their existing links with associations, identified in this research, makes this a great place to start.” However, one of the problems with looking to associations for consistent sustainability practices is that they do not have a place at the table with governments and NGOs to discuss problems and offer solutions. In addition to access, Escott said that a lack of resources and training contributes to poor practices. One common example is a lack of access to technical advice for association members. The first GTF survey noted that associations have an average number of 1.9 full time senior management and administrative staff members — with the smallest association having just one and the largest having 3.5. The second survey showed a higher average of 4 staff members, but also accounted for more positions including technical specialists, accountants, drivers and janitorial staff. Only three associations from the first survey said they have staff dedicated to taking technical questions. None were identified in the second survey.A necklace made from mpingo and another local hardwood. Photo by Sophie Tremblay for Mongabay.The reports also noted a list of constraints and key challenges for associations. They include a lack of resources and technical skills to support development of membership and active membership, and tools to support membership facing forest legality system changes. In addition, members need to understand the export market requirements and have access to market data. Without that, their ability to lobby domestically and internationally is limited. Not enough funding to support and grow membership is also an issue.Limited access to legal wood supplies and resources, and a wider global market that’s increasingly demanding sustainable practices, are also problematic for the micro-businesses. Survey respondents said there isn’t enough funding to gain access to more profitable markets, among other related issues.Some of those include lackluster performance in expertise, designs, and product development. Association members said they feel that their organizations don’t provide enough training opportunities in equipment maintenance, skills in marketing and production of basic products, research capabilities, and a focus on conservation. The report noted that, “Historically, associations have paid little attention to the importance of viable business systems, regular training and capacity building of their human resource capital.” The challenges for these associations is to implement more sustainable best practices and technologies that support harvesting a variety of wood species. None of the associations could not be reached by time of publication.“When [associations] talked about their challenges they all said they want to be able to provide a better frame for legality,” GTF’s Escott said. “What were seeing is a low representation from those advocating for the smallest operators. We don’t want these changes to put these people out completely.”Escott added that government-led sustainable harvesting practices often push micro- and small business operators into illegal timbering, and onto shaky legal ground. “Many of the changes going on in these countries are requiring increased levels of documentation and the use of technology— all good things,” Escott said. “But they need to be adapted so micro-businesses can comply, the smallest usually being the least equipped to make changes.”A lack of funding for nearly every service association is a key issue and what is most needed is a source of third party funds, Escott said. He added that the more businesses are in need of the association, the less there is to give. So additional funds will likely kickstart a cyclical process of seeking help that provides more resources, training and long-term capital which, in turn, provides associations with more resources as well.“For [businesses] an association can be the gateway to accessing funding, building their capacity and to having a voice in the larger governmental processes that are going on around them. The association is a path to legitimacy and sustainability and a potential window on the wider world that impacts on what they do today and in the future.”Forest Legality Week runs on the week of 23 Oct. – 25 Oct. and will feature a range of speakers from the World Resources Institute, Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestiere (OGF), and Forestry Commission Ghana among many universities and other NGOs.Banner image: A woodcarver makes a carving of a rhinoceros on the outskirts of Lunga Lunga, a town on the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Photo by Nathan Siegel for Mongabay. Forests, Rainforests, Supply Chain, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests, Tropical hardwoods Article published by Genevieve Belmakercenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Pospyhalla’s late 3 pushes Columbus Catholic girls basketball past Gilman

first_imgDons improve to 7-2By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Natalie Pospyhalla’s 3-pointer with less than five seconds left lifted the Columbus Catholic girls basketball team to a thrilling 42-40 victory over Gilman in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball game Thursday night at Columbus Catholic High School.Columbus led 26-21 at halftime before Gilman started the second half with a 12-2 run to take the lead.The lead changed hands several times throughout the second half.A 3-pointer from Morgan Albrecht gave Columbus a 37-36 lead with 3:30 to go, and each team exchanged baskets before a pair of turnovers set up the final possession.Albrecht finished with a game-high 17 points, and Marissa Immerfall added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Dons (7-2, 4-1 Cloverbelt Conference East Division). Pospyhalla chipped in nine points, including the game-winner, and six rebounds.Cooper Sherfield led Gilman (2-5, 1-5 Cloverbelt East) with 14 points.Columbus plays at Greenwood on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 42, Pirates 40Gilman 21 19 – 40Columbus Catholic 26 16 – 42GILMAN (40): Camryn Skabroud 1-8 0-0 3, Taylor Hendricks 1-8 1-2 3, Amanda Wisocky 0-4 0-2 0, Grace Grunseth 5-10 1-2 11, Kayla Chause 3-6 0-0 6, Cooper Sherfield 6-13 2-5 14, RaeAnn Heier 1-3 1-1 3. FG: 17-52. FT: 5-12. 3-pointers: 1-17 (Skabroud 1-8, Grunseth 0-3, Hendricks 0-6). Rebounds: 22 (Sherfield 6). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-5, 1-5 Cloverbelt East.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (42): Morgan Albrecht 7-13 1-4 17, Hailey Roehl 0-1 1-2 1, Baylie Neider 0-8 1-2 1, Maren Seefluth 0-0 0-0 0, Kendra Baierl 0-6 2-2 2, Natalie Pospyhalla 3-10 0-0 9, Marissa Immerfall 6-10 0-0 12. FG: 16-48. FT: 5-10. 3-pointers: 5-18 (Pospyhalla 3-9, Albrecht 2-5, Neider 0-4). Rebounds: 32 (Immerfall 8). Turnovers: 15. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: none. Record: 7-2, 4-1 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

RSS’ mission Northeast on campus: Sangh reaches out to GenNext

first_imgWhile the BJP scripted a historic performance last week in the Northeast elections, sources say much of the credit goes to its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for its outreach programme aimed at lakhs of students from the region across the country.Buoyed by the massive expansion of the Sangh in the northeastern states that essentially won the BJP youth support, the RSS will further intensify its spread in campuses and hostels in every nook and corner particularly in educational hubs such as Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Pune.In the run-up to the assembly polls in Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya, the RSS mobilised its cadre to visit campuses and hostels to connect to north-eastern students.A large number of first-time voters in the three states were associated with the ideology that helped the BJP gain a strong foothold in these states. In Tripura, there were 47,000 first-time voters while in Meghalaya and Nagaland, this number stood at 45,000 and 26,000.Sunil Deodhar, RSS Tripura in-charge since 2014, said during the last three years the Sangh launched massive student outreach programmes.We visited hostels in major cities and connected to the northeastern students. The youth easily connected to the issues of resentment over unemployment, crime, and crumbling infrastructure. This helped us create a new BJP structure in the Northeast to take on the Left rule, Deodhar said after BJPs landmark show.PROMOTING IDEOLOGY Another functionary of RSS said a number of educational and sports programmes were rolled out for tribal youths. Many of them were sent to various events held outside the state.advertisementIn January, the RSS organised a mass contact and expansion programme in Assam which was named Lui Poria (sons of Brahmaputra). While the focus area was Assam, people from villages and cities from all the eight northeastern states joined it.With the political fight in Karnataka scheduled for April-May, the RSS will target colleges and educational institutions in the state. Bengaluru has a large population of northeastern students whom the Sangh is seeking to associate with its ideology.It may be noted that in 2012, a large number of northeastern students had to flee the city after hate attacks. Sources say even then RSS workers stood in support of the community and urged them to stay back.Similarly, with the admission session soon to start in Delhi University, RSS student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) will reach out to northeastern students in every part of the national Capital. The idea is to instill a sense of integration and social security among the Northeastern communities who often face discrimination and are subject to attacks.The Sangh will also rope in youths from states such as Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, and Meghalaya to connect the students in bigger cities with its ideology. These northeastern youth will share their experience of association with the Sangh and its agenda of nationalism.At the same time, they will narrate their story of change in the state to northeastern students living away from their homes. Senior functionaries of RSS told Mail Today that a number of Sangh wings and affiliated organisations are closely involved with the expansion programme.In northeastern states, organisations such as Ekal Vidyalaya, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Rashtra Sevika Samiti and Vivekananda Kendra reached out to tribal youths and the exercise gained momentum during the last three years. Deodhars experience of teaching in schools also came as an advantage as he connected to the students.The Sangh believes in one nation, one culture. Connecting northeastern communities with the mainstream and bridging the communication gap has been the prime objective of the RSS and its affiliates. Students Experience in Inter-state Living (SEIL) is one such initiative by the ABVP which has yielded positive results, said Rajiv Tuli, RSS Delhis Prachar Pramukh.He said SEIL aims to forge a sense of belongingness and self-realisation of cultural similarities among the youth with a more practical approach towards national integration.Through Yuva Vikas Kendra and other organisations, efforts are being made to bring together divergent lifestyles particularly of our border area people and other parts of the nation. The idea is to establish a cultural rapport and to provide opportunities to the youth of the country to experience art and culture of the northeastern region, Tuli said.Also watch – Sunil Deodhar, architect of BJP’s win, reveals how party took Tripura from Leftlast_img read more

Ajay Devgn to play football coach Syed Abdul Rahim in Boney Kapoor’s next

first_imgAjay Devgn is on a roll. After signing Neeraj Pandey’s Chanakya, the 49-year-old actor will now be seen in another biopic. This time he has bagged Boney Kapoor’s production in which he is set to essay the role of legendary football coach Syed Abdul Rahim.At a time when sports biopics have become a rage with Bollywood, Ajay Devgn has decided to bring the story of an unsung hero on the big screen with Boney’s untitled film.Directed by Amit Sharma, the film will tell the journey of Syed Abdul Rahim, under whose leadership, Indian football team won the Asian games in 1951 and 1962.Talking about the film, Boney Kapoor told a leading daily, “I was amazed that not many are aware of someone as significant as Syed Abdul Rahim. He’s an unsung hero whose achievements must be saluted. His team had heroes like Chunni Goswami, PK Banerjee, Balaram, Franco and Arun Ghosh. It takes someone like Ajay Devgn to play Syed Abdul Rahim. With him on board, I can just hope that our film inspires youngsters to play football, and India soon to bring the World Cup home.”Elated and proud to announce a story never told as @ZeeStudios_ #BoneyKapoor & @freshlimefilms come together for a biopic on Indias legendary #Football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring @ajaydevgn, directed by @CinemaPuraDesi, screenplay by @SaiwynQ, and dialogues by @writish. pic.twitter.com/vzaLJya67xZee Studios (@ZeeStudios_) July 13, 2018Apart from this, Ajay Devgn has Luv Ranjan’s untitled film with Ranbir Kapoor and Total Dhamaal in his kitty.advertisementALSO READ | Ajay Devgn to play Chanakya in Neeraj Pandey’s filmALSO READ | Did you know Ajay Devgn has been in jail twice?ALSO WATCH: I can take on anybody with my little finger, says Ajay Devgnlast_img read more