French Seek UXO Investigators

first_imgFrance’s RTE Réseau de Transport d’Electricité has issued a tender for the investigation of potential unexploded ordnance (UXO) targets along the export cable route which will connect the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm to the grid.The purpose of the work is to investigate with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and/or divers the potential UXO targets along the submarine cable route of 33 kilometres as identified in and modelled from a geophysical campaign.The duration of the contract is twelve months with a possible six-month extension.The tender will remain open until 4 October and RTE will dispatch invitations to tender or invitations to participate to selected candidates by 4 November.In February 2017, RTE awarded Prysmian with a contract to manufacture and deliver the export cable for the Saint-Nazaire wind farm, as well as for two additional wind farms offshore France: Fécamp and Calvados.The 480MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm will feature 80 Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines installed between 12 km and 20 km off the coast of the Guerande peninsula in western France. The commissioning of the wind farm is planned for 2022.EDF Renewables and Canada’s Enbridge are developing the project through the company Eolien Maritime France (EMF).last_img read more

Bermuda’s foreign currency issuer default rating affirmed at ‘AA+’; outlook stable

first_img Share 164 Views   no discussions Share Image via: worldatlas.comNEW YORK, USA — Fitch Ratings has affirmed the issuer default ratings (IDRs) and country ceiling for Bermuda as follows: –Foreign currency IDR at ‘AA+’; –Local currency IDR at ‘AAA’; –Foreign currency short-term IDR at ‘F1+’; –Country ceiling at ‘AAA’. The rating outlook is stable. The ratings reflect the island’s stable macroeconomic and political environment, which, combined with friendly policies towards its international business sector, has made its economy one of the wealthiest in the world. The ratings are supported by extremely high per capita income, sustained large current account surpluses, strong institutions and a moderate public debt burden. Bermuda’s sophisticated legal system, strong regulatory framework, simple tax regime, proximity to the US market and presence of highly skilled human capital continue to support its reputation as a domicile of choice for (re)insurance and financial services companies. Although Bermuda’s captive insurance business faces strong competition, new products are being developed while medium-term prospects could benefit from regulatory equivalence with the EU expected in 2012. Bermuda’s economy is expected to contract for the third consecutive year in 2011, partly due to weak labor market conditions on the island, and the resulting impact on the property rental market and overall household consumption. Fitch foresees a mild economic expansion in 2012 and 2013 as initiatives to promote tourism pay off, and international business activity picks-up after a period of contraction. Fitch notes that Bermuda’s medium-term growth prospects appear to be quite modest. The increase in fiscal deficits in recent years has been driven by revenue underperformance, increases in capital expenditure and spending pressures, especially in the social sector, related to the difficult economic situation. Debt to GDP has increased in line with fiscal deficits and is estimated to reach 22.7% in 2011, which is below the ‘AA’ median of 41.6%. However, Fitch believes that a lower debt burden is desirable in the context of Bermuda’s small, open and narrow economy as well as its limited financing flexibility. “The increased public sector indebtedness reduces Bermuda’s space to respond to future economic shocks and underlines the importance of setting forth a clear medium-term fiscal consolidation plan,” said Santiago Mosquera, a director in Fitch’s Sovereign Group. There is a very limited room for additional indebtedness under the current debt ceiling (BM$1.25 billion). However, the debt ceiling has changed various times since 2005 to accommodate budget deficits, with Fitch not ruling out further increases in the ceiling in the coming years. “Repeated changes to the debt ceiling undermine the credibility of the fiscal policy anchor,” added Mosquera. Fitch will continue to monitor Bermuda’s fiscal consolidation plan which is likely to become clearer next year when the government introduces its medium-term budgetary framework. Sustained weak economic performance and deterioration in the sovereign’s fiscal metrics could put downward pressure on Bermuda’s ratings. Regulatory changes that negatively affect international companies operating in Bermuda could also undermine creditworthiness. On the contrary, a resumption of economic growth and concrete signs of fiscal consolidation and debt stabilization would help sustain Bermuda’s ratings.Caribbean News Now LifestyleMoney Bermuda’s foreign currency issuer default rating affirmed at ‘AA+’; outlook stable by: – November 19, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

Barangay ‘kagawad’ jailed over ‘bookies’

first_imgILOILO City – A village councilman wascaught soliciting bets from the illegal numbers game “bookies.” The 62-year-old Pepito Avelino wasarrested in Barangay Infante, Molo district around 1 p.m. on Friday, a policereport showed. Recovered from his possession wereP1,161 bet money and gambling paraphernalia, the report added. Charges for violation of PresidentialDecree 1602, which prescribes stiffer penalties for illegal gambling will befiled against Avelino./PN The suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the Molo police station. last_img read more

Scholarship Program Through Rising Sun Foundation

first_imgThe Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) recently announced the details of its higher education scholarship program for 2014.The Foundation’s 2014 Scholarship Program will award up to 46 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to graduating seniors for the purpose of post-secondary education in any accredited institution of higher learning. The following listed public schools are eligible to participate in this program and receive the number of scholarships indicated: Batesville High School, East Central High School, Jac-Cen-Del High School, Milan High School, Rising Sun High School, South Dearborn High School, and South Ripley High School.According to the foundation, eligible applicants attending East Central High School must be residents of Ripley County. Eligible applicants attending South Dearborn High School must be residents of the City of Aurora. Eligible applicants attending Batesville High School must be residents of Ripley County and/or the City of Batesville.In addition to the scholarship awards to the graduating seniors of the RSRF region’s public high schools, RSRF will also award scholarships to graduating seniors who attend private and/or parochial schools and who are residents of one of the following areas served by Rising Sun Regional Foundation, i.e., Ohio and Ripley counties and the City of Aurora. Application forms for these students can be obtained directly from the Foundation’s office.All completed scholarship applications with attached transcripts must be received at the Rising Sun Regional Foundation office (218 South Walnut Street, PO Box 199, Rising Sun, IN 47040) by 4:00 p.m. (EDST), April 15, 2014.Scholarship application forms may be obtained at the seven participating public high schools or on the RSRF website.last_img read more

Flores plays down Monk ‘argument’

first_img And the 26-year-old Spaniard has taken to Twitter to give his version of events. In a series of tweets, he said: “I would like to clarify what has been said in the papers today and to be honest it was just an argument between team mates as it can happen sometimes in a training session or in any changing of any football team nothing more. “I did not threaten anybody in any moment and even less with a brick. I consider myself a respectful person and a good team mate who likes the unity, closeness and create a good atmosphere around my team mates, if you don’t believe me then ask my own team mates and coaching staff. “To finish I would like to say that my relationship with Garry Monk has always been fantastic and still is, to a point that we spend the afternoon together yesterday. “Any person that is involved in the business of football knows that these small arguments regularly happen in training sessions and even more when things are a bit more tense than normal for not getting good results. “So I just want all you fans to know that Garry and I are two very committed players for Swansea city and it was not more than just a silly argument and nowadays things get blown out of proportion in the press and social networking. “It’s a moment to be united and focused on the FA Cup Saturday versus Birmingham and Fulham the following Tuesday in the League. Come on Swansea.” Monk also looked to move on from the incident, telling the club’s official website: “I have been playing in the professional game for 20 years and training rows are nothing new in a competitive and pressurised environment. “Recent media reports have blown everything out of proportion. Yes, we had words, but at no time was I threatened with a brick by anyone. “Chico is a team-mate and we stick together for the betterment of Swansea City and the fans. That is the case throughout the squad. “The matter has been resolved and we all remain united, whatever nationality we may be, because we wear the same club colours and that is the most important thing. “We are a tight-knit group; we always have been and always will be.” Former captain Monk has not played since September after suffering a knee injury, while Flores, who joined from Genoa in the summer of 2012, has struggled for his best form in recent months. Swansea defender Chico Flores claims his row with Garry Monk was a “silly argument” which he has attributed to tension over the club’s recent form. Swansea have confirmed police were called to the club’s training ground on Friday when the two centre-halves were involved in a heated exchange as they prepared for Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham, which extended the Welsh outfit’s winless run to eight games. Reports suggested Flores had brandished a brick during the incident, but this was denied outright by the club who said “no threats or altercations” took place between the two. Press Associationlast_img read more

Faf du Plessis (185) outguns Tharanga (119 in high-scoring Newlands ODI

first_imgBy Nick SaidCAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa’s Faf du Plessis smashed a career-best 185 off 141 balls as the hosts beat Sri Lanka by 40 runs after surviving a fierce onslaught in a high-scoring fourth one-day international to take a 4-0 series lead yesterday.After opting to bat, South Africa posted 367 for five in their 50 overs at Newlands but were then put under pressure by the tourists who made a magnificent start, only to wilt at the death to finish on 327 all out with nine balls remaining.Sri Lanka captain Upal Tharanga led their charge with a brilliant 119 from 90 balls but the home side clawed their way back as they built up the pressure and wickets began to fall.South Africa head into the final fixture of the five-game series in Pretoria, on Friday, looking for a clean sweep to extend their 13-match winning run at home.The hosts’ innings was anchored by the magnificent century from du Plessis, the highest ODI score at Newlands and three runs shy of South Africa’s 50-over record of 188 scored by Gary Kirsten against the United Arab Emirates in the 1996 World Cup.du Plessis was well supported by Quinton de Kock (55 from 46 balls) and AB de Villiers (64 from 62) before a tired swipe to long-on off seamer Lahiru Madushanka saw him lose his wicket.du Plessis’ stand of 137 for the third wicket with de Villiers from one ball shy of 20 overs laid the platform for what became South Africa’s record ODI total at Newlands.Sri Lanka made a thrilling start to their reply, crashing 100 without loss off the first 10 overs of their innings.Tharanga and the classy Niroshan Dickwella (58 from 47 balls) added 139 in 16 overs before the latter was dismissed.Tharanga carried on his merry way, crashing 11 fours and seven sixes, and when he was the third man out with the score on 216 in the 30th over, Sri Lanka were still in the driving seat.But as South Africa began to find dot balls, Sri Lanka slipped from 307 for four to lose their final six wickets for the addition of only 20 runs.Seamer Wayne Parnell was the pick of the home bowlers, returning figures of 4-58 in 9.1 overs, with one of those wickets the crucial scalp of Tharanga.SOUTH AFRICA inningsH. Amla c Gunaratne b Kumara 1Q. de Kock c Tharanga b Pathirana 55F. du Plessis c Gunaratne b Madushanka 185A. de Villiers b Pathirana 64J. Duminy c K. Mendis b Kumara 20F. Behardien not out 36W. Parnell not out 1Extras: (nb-1, w-4) 5Total: (for 5 wickets, 50 overs) 367Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-103, 3-240, 4-287, 5-361.Bowling: N. Kulasekara 10-0-74-0 (w-1), L. Kumara 7-0-73-2, L. Madushanka 10-0-69-1 (nb-1, w-2), D. de Silva 3-0-18-0, L. Sandakan 8-0-62-0, S. Pathirana 10-0-55-2 (w-1), A. Gunaratne 2-0-16-0.SRI LANKA innings N. Dickwella c Behardien b De. Pretorius 58U. Tharanga c Duminy b Parnell 119K. Mendis c de Kock b Parnell 29S. Weerakkody c Parnell b Tahir 58D. de Silva lbw b Rabada 5A. Gunaratne c Amla b Rabada 38N. Kulasekara lbw b Tahir 1S. Pathirana c de Kock b De. Pretorius 1L. Madushanka c De. Pretorius b Parnell 6L. Kumara not out 1L. Sandakan b Parnell 1Extras: (lb-7, w-3) 10Total: (all out, 48.1 overs) 327Fall of wickets: 1-139, 2-203, 3-216, 4-228, 5-307, 6-308, 7-317, 8-325, 9-325.Bowling: W. Parnell 9.1-0-58-4 (w-1), De. Pretorius 8-0-55-2 (w-1), J. Duminy 1-0-12-0, 9– 50-2 (w-1), I. Tahir 10-0-76-2, T. Shamsi 10-0-60-0, F. Behardien 1-0-9-0.last_img read more

Kilfeacle overcome Galbally

first_imgKilfeacle beat Galbally in their Munster Junior League Division 1 away game.The final score was Kilfeacle 22 Galbally 7.last_img

“I will bounce back stronger” – Didi Dramani

first_imgImmediate-past Asante Kotoko coach, Mas-Ud Dramani, could return to action ‘strongly’ very soon, he has revealed.After guiding the porcupine warriors to two successive league triumphs and the 2014 FA Cup title, his renewed contract was mutually terminated following a poor start to the 2014/15 season two months ago.The 49-year-old technical instructor recently returned from a club licensing seminar organised by Caf in Cairo and has been cooling off with his family in his native Tamale while assisting his lower tier club.“I’m around, taking things easily and I will bounce back strongly,” Dramani told Success FM.“I am always doing football even after what happened so do not be worried. I’m always privileged to get a lot of offers from clubs and I always select the best for me.”“Currently, I’m in Tamale to have time with my family. Moments like this don’t usually come but you see me in Accra tomorrow and other places a day after,” he said. Dramani, this week, has been strongly linked to the Hearts of Oak job currently occupied by veteran coach Herbert Addo.Reports in the local media have claimed that the Hearts of Oak board made contacts with the coach over the club’s job this week with him reportedly asking the Phobians to see out their relationship with coach Addo.The Phobians themselves are having a mixed season as they look to be doing well in the Caf Confederation Cup but struggling to find their feet in the First Capital Plus Premier League. They lie 14th after twelve matches.–last_img read more

Russell Westbrook not an opposing-team favorite

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In the season’s first three games, Westbrook’s maybe been better than that. He averaged 38.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 11.7 assists – numbers that are just ridiculous. Rivers, when forced to think about Westbrook, half-jokingly said he might be able to score 100 points. “There are guys in the league where you can say, ‘We’ll let him get his.’ But, Russell plays with so much energy, he can get a 100,” Rivers said. “You have to try to stop Russell, slow him down, try to make it hard for him. He’s gifted. He plays with great passion, great energy, great joy – even though it looks like anger. He’s actually fun to watch, and not that fun to go up against, but you love how he plays.”Clipper players have the ultimate respect for Westbrook and his abilities, knowing exactly that one player isn’t enough to slow him down.“He’s a scoring machine. He’s a machine himself. All 15 of us got to guard him tonight … We all as a team got to guard him. Can’t one person in this league guard him by himself,” Clippers guard Raymond Felton said. “He’s a one-man fast break by himself. He gets the ball off the rebound, he loves to rebound too, if you’re not back, if you don’t have at least three people back, two ain’t enough. Two is not enough.”The question people are asking, though, is it sustainable? LOS ANGELES >> Doc Rivers didn’t want to do it, but he knew, come Wednesday, he wasn’t going to have a choice. “I don’t want to think about Russell Westbrook,” he said before the game.It’s something no NBA coach wants to have to deal with, a player that fast, that energetic, that strong. “He’s awesome,” J.J. Redick said.center_img “I think it is for him,” Rivers said. “I don’t think Russell plays any differently any night. My answer is yes. I think it’s extremely sustainable for him.”No extra juiceDespite the fact they’re two of the best in the NBA at their position, Clippers guard Chris Paul said he doesn’t treat a match up with Westbrook as a special occasion. Paul said earlier in his career, the games against Deron Williams were supposed to be the big ones. Then, it was the games with Steve Nash. And, then, it became games with Westbrook, Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard.“I’m like that every night,” Paul said. “If it’s a younger guy, if it’s an older guy, it’s a competition every night.”Quick hitsDoc Rivers said DeAndre Jordan’s sprained thumb could be a lingering issue. “He’s gotten treatment. My guess is, (after) a couple days, it’s probably a little better,” Rivers said. “With him, because he’s a rebounder and the physicality of the game, it’ll probably just be one of those things that will just take awhile to heal.” …Thanks to Blake Griffin’s early foul trouble, Brandon Bass played rotation minutes in the first half for the first time this season.last_img read more

Izet Hajrović scored his first Goal in Eibar

first_imgIzet Hajrović, football player in the national A team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, last night scored his first goal in the shirt of the Spanish club Eibar.Last night Eibar played the first match of the round 16 of the King’s Cup against Las Palmas.The host team came into advantage thanks to Izet Hajrović, who masterly shot the net of Las Palmast in tenth minute.Only six minutes later, the guests drew thanks to Aythami, while Berjon scored for 2:1 in twentieth minute.(Source: read more