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first_imgJochan Flasberth of the German environment ministry said he was ‘taken aback’ by the UK’s decision The UK’s plan for decommissioned oil rigs was advised by industry giant Shell (Credit: Elia) Several EU member states including Germany have voiced public concern over the UK government’s plan to leave a number of decommissioned oil rigs in the North Sea.Removing the ageing facilities, some of which are taller than the Eiffel Tower, could take years and cost British taxpayers up to £24bn.A plan by oil and gas giant Shell to leave one steel jacket and the concrete bases beneath the Bravo, Charlie and Delta platforms in the hydrocarbon basin is expected to receive support from the UK government.Expressing apprehension over the estimated 11,000 tonnes of oil and toxins remaining in these three platforms, Germany issued a formal complaint, which has received the backing of Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.Jochan Flasbarth, of the German environment ministry, said: “I’m genuinely taken aback by this — we usually collaborate very closely with the United Kingdom on environmental issues.“Both countries are gravely concerned about the state of our oceans, and then you just leave thousands of tonnes of contaminated water in the North Sea — I don’t get it — that isn’t consistent with an environmental policy that has advanced Britain’s reputation.”A Shell spokesperson said: “Our recommendations are the result of ten years of research, involving more than 300 scientific and technical studies.“We established an independent group of scientific experts to review the findings and ensure all feasible decommissioning options were investigated thoroughly.“We submitted our recommendations following extensive stakeholder engagement and only when we were confident that they were safe, technically achievable, and environmentally and socially sound.” UK aiming for a net zero North SeaDespite the country’s plans to leave potentially environmentally-damaging oil rig infrastructure in the North Sea, the UK’s Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) yesterday announced plans to create a Net Zero Solution Centre.Part of the Aberdeen-based organisation’s overarching plan to create the world’s first net zero oil and gas basin, the project has received backing from the UK government and various blue ribbon energy firms including BP, Shell, Equinor and Total.It will serve to create an integrated offshore energy system designed to expedite the development of emissions reduction technology such as carbon capture and storage by bringing to bear the expertise of both academia and the private sector.Colette Cohen, CEO of the OGTC, said: “The UK offshore oil and gas industry is a dynamic system of infrastructure, supply chains, expert workforce, research activity and technology development and deployment.“This diverse industrial ecosystem must play a fundamental role in the creation of a net zero carbon economy.“With the backing of industry and government, and strong track of delivery, the OGTC is committed to moving the dial on carbon reduction and enabling the UK Continental Shelf to become the first net zero hydrocarbon basin in the world.“Our focus will be on developing technologies to reduce operational carbon emissions, working with other parts of the energy sector to create integrated solutions and repurposing infrastructure to accelerate carbon capture usage and storage, hydrogen production and gas-to-wire capacity.“We’re delighted to be working with a strong group of companies and look forward to adding new strategic partners to the Net Zero Solution Centre over the coming months.”last_img read more


first_img Related Shows A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder—the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical—has recouped its Broadway investment. The production, capitalized at $7.5 million, began performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre on October 22, 2013.Written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro, a long-lost member of a noble family who stands to become the next Earl of Highhurst—if he can eliminate the eight other relatives (all played by Jefferson Mays) who precede him in line for the title. In addition to Best Musical, the tuner garnered Tonys for bookwriter Robert L. Freedman, director Darko Tresnjak and costume designer Linda Cho.The current cast includes Jeff Kready as Monty Navarro, Jefferson Mays as the D’Ysquith Family, Scarlett Strallen as Sibella, Catherine Walker as Phoebe D’Ysquith and Carole Shelley as Miss Shingle. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder View Commentslast_img read more


first_imgBackyard gardens have stopped producing, and everything has been bitten by a couple of hard, fall frosts. There’s not much to do in the garden this time of year, but you can get ahead of the game for next year’s vegetable garden by taking a soil sample now.Taking the time to gather a soil sample from your garden spot will help you plan and make changes to your garden’s fertility. The results and recommendations of a soil sample will insure all the hard work and effort that goes into developing a garden will not be in vain. Soil pH is the “gatekeeper”One of the best pieces of information a soil sample report reveals is the soil’s pH. In a way, soil pH is the “gatekeeper” of the nutrients in the soil. When the pH is low, or on the acidic side, nutrients are not available to be used by the plants even if you add fertilizer.When the pH is where it needs to be (in the 6.0-6.5pH range) the nutrients that are put on the ground, such as compost or fertilizer, are easily absorbed by the plants and put to use. Lime is often called a poor man’s “fertilizer” because you tend to see a growth response from plants as the pH goes up and nutrients become more available for use.Collect a variety of samplesThe information in a soil test report is only as good as how the sample was gathered. Taking a sample in a garden plot is fairly straightforward. You will need a clean, plastic bucket and a garden trowel or spade. Start at one corner of the garden and take a thin slice of soil about 6 inches deep. Move along the garden in a straight line 15 to 20 feet away and remove another thin slice of soil. Add that to the bucket and mix the soil from the two spots together. Work along the garden in the same way until you reach the other end. Move over 4 to 6 feet and take a sample every 15 to 20 feet. Continue to work your way through the garden in a serpentine pattern until the entire area is covered. Take soil to your Extension officeWhen finished, you should have taken samples from about 10 to 15 sites in the garden. Be thorough when taking the samples, so the entire garden is equally represented. Mix the soil in the bucket and remove about a pint of soil. Bring the pint of soil to your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office.Soil samples cost $8, and results are usually ready in about 10 days. Soil reports can be delivered via regular mail or e-mail. For more information, contact your UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more


first_img continue reading » Credit union trade groups are urging Congress to enact legislation and the Justice Department to issue final rules that would assist businesses in fighting lawsuits contending that their websites violate Americans With Disabilities Act.At least nine lawsuits have been filed against credit unions alleging that their websites are inaccessible to the visually impaired. All the complaints were filed by one plaintiff who is represented by the same attorney.As a result, the credit union trade groups are seeking help from the federal government, saying the issue remains unclear and leads to lawsuits.“The Department of Justice began considering developing regulations to address this topic over seven years ago but never completed the process,” CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said, in an e-mail sent to member credit unions. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgThe Tourist Board of Central Istria (TZSI), in cooperation with the Pazin tourist agency Contineo, will organize weekly free tours of Pazin and its sights during the months of July and August.Tours in Croatian and English will be organized every Tuesday starting at 10:30 am and departing from Contine, Trg Male funtane 7 in Pazin. As part of the tour, a free tasting of Istrian products is planned, and the Museum of the City of Pazin and the Ethnographic Museum of Istria offer participants a “reduced” ticket price of 15 kuna.By the way, at the beginning of the year, a new visual identity and brand of the Central Istria Tourist Board were presented – Central Istria. Original Istria. More attached.Related news: NEW VISUAL IDENTITY OF CENTRAL ISTRIA TOURIST BOARD PRESENTEDlast_img read more


first_imgA new project in Hesketh Out Marsh near Preston, UK, helps protect property and nearby infrastructure from flooding while creating an internationally important estuary for wildlife, CH2M said in their latest release. The Hesketh Out Marsh East Managed Realignment Scheme, which opened late August 2017, reinstates 160-hectares of land to saltmarsh, and by doing so, provides important climate change adaptation to counter flood risk from sea level rise.Salt marshes are coastal wetlands rich in marine life, protecting against coastal erosion and water quality problems, and which reduce flooding while acting as nurseries and refuges for many species.“The primary goal of the realignment project was to protect existing property and nearby infrastructure against flooding, in addition to recreating salt marsh habitats,” said Greg McIntyre, president of CH2M’s State and Local Governments sector.“We are pleased to have helped the Environment Agency and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to improve coastal defenses and restore this marsh, providing space for natural habitats to flourish.”CH2M provided modelling and detailed engineering design to create appropriate habitats for wildlife. The team used numerical modeling to predict the design’s behavior over time, evaluating the impacts and enabling the area to flood and drain correctly.According to CH2M, the scheme, one of the largest of recent UK managed realignment projects, helps naturalize this internationally important estuary, while protecting more than 140 properties, farmland and infrastructure against flooding.[mappress mapid=”24590″]last_img read more


first_img Loading… Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueEver Wonder What Keanu Reeves Spends His Paychecks On? Arsenal could be set for a loss of approximately £144 million ($178m) for the year 2020-21 if all games next season are staged behind closed doors. Bukayo Saka gave another impressive display out of position at left-back That is according to findings made by the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust (AST), which has produced detailed analysis of the potential impact the Covid-19 crisis could have on the club’s finances over the coming months. In an email sent out to members, the AST warned that Arsenal’s cash reserves could be ‘wiped out’ should the worst happen next season and predicted that the summer transfer window would be a quiet one as a result. The analysis also predicted that the club would now be set for a loss of £19m ($23m) for the year ending May 2020 due to the remaining games of the campaign being played behind closed doors. Prior to the pandemic, Arsenal had been on course for a profit of £4m ($5m). That change has been put down to Arsenal having to refund fans for the four remaining Premier League home games of the season, as well as a drop in commercial and retail revenue. The figures are a stark reminder of just how costly the coronavirus pandemic could be to Arsenal, especially as they are based on the assumption that Mikel Arteta’s side will go on and qualify for the Europa League next season and that there is no drop in broadcast revenue. It must be noted, however, that currently there has been no indication that the entire 2020-21 season will have to be played behind closed doors, although most expect at least the first half of the campaign to be staged without fans in attendance. Matchday income currently accounts for around 24 percent of Arsenal’s revenues and this is the time of year when season ticket money usually starts to arrive for the coming campaign.center_img But executive box and club level renewals have been suspended, as have general season ticket renewals which would usually open from May. The AST says those pre-payments normally total close to £70m ($86m) and produce working capital for the off-season months of May, June and July. The numbers show how important matchday income is to Arsenal and reveal just how big the impact will be if they have to play behind closed doors next season, even if it is just for the first half of the campaign. Commercial and retail revenue would also be hit badly, with the AST warning of a loss of up to a third if games are played without fans next season. It also notes that the vast drop in combined revenues would have to result in either a significant reduction of costs, most likely from player wages, or tangible financial support from owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) through a loan or new capital. In summarising its findings, the AST said: “Covid-19 is likely to take Arsenal from a situation where they would have reported a small profit of £4m for this current season to one of recording a loss of £19m. If behind closed doors (BCD) becomes an issue that affects all of next season then the club could face reporting losses of £144m. “So we can see that the reduction in income from playing BCD for the rest of the season will knock £23m ($26m) from available cash at the end of the season as will the absence of season ticket renewals. “Arsenal’s available cash reserves heading into the summer of 2020-21 could be wiped out and a new borrowing requirement of over £50m ($62m) being required by the end of July if the club is to meet its commitments to pay other clubs installments due on player transfers and finance wages in June and July. So we certainly don’t predict a big-spending transfer window! read also:Arsenal make contact with Real Madrid over Saka replacement “Whilst the money set aside as security for the bondholders, who have lent the remaining £170m ($210m) of stadium-related debt, cannot be touched, it is almost inevitable that Arsenal will be drawing on its short term £50m ($62m) loan facility made available by Barclays.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


first_img Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Most Interesting Sylvester Stallone MoviesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Albino Animals: A Rare Kind Of Ultimate Beauty A teenage goalkeeper has revealed the incredible moment he found he was training with Cristiano Ronaldo during lockdown. Filipe Goncalves is a goalkeeper for the youth team of Portugese side Nacional and one day was woken up by a phone call asking him to go and train at the Madeira Stadium in Portugal. Football across the world had been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic so Goncalves was surprised by the call. ‘We thought it was to work with the main squad,’ the 18-year-old told A BOLA. When Goncalves arrived at the stadium and entered the pitch with his team-mate Hugo Mosca, on the grass was Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo. Juventus forward and Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo ‘We were incredulous, it seemed like a dream. We looked at each other and were speechless, we had no idea,’ remembers Goncalves.Advertisement Loading… center_img Ronaldo was in insolation in Madeira and asked the former club for permission to use the facilities. There were 10 training sessions in total, only three were with Hugo Mosca. Goncalves’ colleague returned home and Ronaldo trained alone with just Goncalves. At first it was a secret and Gonclaves couldn’t even tell his closest family. The youngster said: ‘I couldn’t tell anyone at all. It was forbidden. The information was that Nacional had returned to training and my parents thought that.’Until BOLA discovered Ronaldo in the Choupana and the secret was discovered. ‘It was total madness. Only when the news came out did I talk to my parents,’ Goncalves said. The Nacional goalkeeper also trained with Ronaldo’s son Cristiano Jr. Read AlsoTeenager Davies extends Bayern Munich deal ‘Our job was just to be on target for finishing exercises. Ronaldo did running and strength work, he never stopped, we followed. ‘Sometimes we stayed with the son doing some shots. The kid knows, he has skills, good technique and strength. For his age, he is on the right path,’ said Goncalves. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


first_imgAndy Carroll has enjoyed his time at West Ham and insists he will always work hard for whichever team he is playing for. He added: “I knew a few of the lads down here already and all the others have welcomed me into the squad, so it’s been great. It doesn’t really matter what happens, I will work hard for the team I am playing for. This season has been great for me. “When I’m fit, I try my hardest and I run about and put myself about and I feel that’s what I’m about – if I didn’t have that then I would have lost half of my game.” Carroll currently tops the West Ham goalscoring charts this season along with captain Kevin Nolan, with both men finding the net on seven occasions so far. His performance in the 2-2 draw at home to Manchester United earned him the sorts of plaudits that saw Liverpool spend £35million to acquire his services from Newcastle in January 2011. Carroll, who has a chequered history off the field, said he has enjoyed the time spent with the West Ham squad and has been pleased with his own contributions since recovering from his early-season injury problems. “I think I have done well since I came back to fitness in February, not just with the goals that I’ve scored but I’ve also created quite a bit as well,” he added. “I’ve put myself about as much as I can and that’s really what I’m about. As long as I’m in and around the box, I can do things. “There is a lot of talk about me from people who don’t know me, who say things about me but have never met me. People have heard stories and I came here and maybe a lot of the lads thought that as well, but I feel now that most, if not all, of them are close friends. I spend every day with them and it’s been great.” The 24-year-old is approaching the end of his season-long loan at Upton Park from Liverpool and, despite a couple of injury setbacks earlier in the campaign, the England international has impressed during his time in east London. It remains to be seen if Carroll will pen a permanent deal with the Hammers, with financial constraints and a yearning from the player to prove himself at Anfield likely stumbling blocks. But the ex-Newcastle striker admits he has had a great season, telling West Ham TV: “Coming down here to London, it’s a long way from home but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgIn a collaboration spanning more than 3,000 miles and 40 courses of instruction, The New York Times and USC announced a joint venture Tuesday that will offer extensive continuing education programs sponsored by the two institutions.Collaboration · The Office of Continuing Education, located at the Davidson Conference Center, will partner with The New York Times. – Dieuwertje Kast | Summer Trojan The university will co-sponsor online courses in seven areas of study with the Times’ Knowledge Network, an already established adult and continuing education program offered by the newspaper. Courses will be taught in architecture, arts management, business, cinematic arts, communications, medicine and politics.The collaboration between the programs is the first of its kind in continuing education as a partnership between a for-profit institution and a university of USC’s size.The opportunity to use both partners’ vast resources for continuing education where it might otherwise be unavailable was a major motivating factor behind the partnership.“It allows [USC] to take some of our core academics and share it with the community at large,” Eileen Kohan, executive director for Continuing Education and Summer Programs, said. “[The partnership] gives us the opportunity to be viewed as one of the top continuing education programs.”Courses, which begin Oct. 10, will be headed by current USC faculty with the participation of at least one journalist from The Times. Those who enroll in classes through the collaboration will also have complete access to the Knowledge Network’s offerings in writing, science, health and editing.Felice Nudelman, executive director of education at The New York Times Co., noted the partnership’s exceptional ability to reach students around the world.“This is a truly innovative way to offer a comprehensive continuing education program that will feature a broad course catalog and exceptional faculty,” Nudelman said in a statement. “Together we will establish a global online resource for students who are interested in maximizing their education regardless of geographic location.”The program will also feature a program led by Times journalists and USC professor tailored specifically to high school students. If students take the entire six-course schedule, they can receive a certificate. Alternatively, they can register for one of two single-sessionlectures.USC and The Times are also set to launch the venture internationally in Hong Kong during the USCGlobal conferenceOct. 13. Many USC alumni are located throughout Asia and the collaboration hopes to bring continuing education to them with the program.According to Kohan, response to the program has been tremendous and she expects it to grow considerably within the next few months.USC alumni who enroll in the program will have a 10 percent discount available to them.last_img read more