first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Estate agent drops everything to work 15-hour shift helping flood victims previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agent drops everything to work 15-hour shift helping flood victimsWorcestershire estate agent Andrew Hipkiss is a member of the Severn Area Rescue Association which has been busy since Storm Dennis struck.Nigel Lewis18th February 20200480 Views A 52-year-old Worcestershire estate agent worked throughout Sunday afternoon and into the small hours of Monday morning to help those affected by flooding created by Storm Dennis.Andrew Hipkiss, who is a partner in 90-year-old family-run estate agency Walton & Hipkiss based in Hagley, near Stourbridge, has been a member of the local voluntary-based Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) for three years.He was called out on Sunday afternoon at 3pm to take over from exhausted crews who had just finished a long shift helping with flooding in Tenbury Wells on the River Teme.The estate agent then worked a straight 15-hour shift before returning home at 6am to catch up with his sleep before returning to work yesterday.EvacuatedTenbury Wells is a market town near the Malvern Hills and has been particularly badly hit by floods; all of its 130 homes have been evacuated and much of the town centre has been under water.It has half a dozen estate agents but at least two, Fine & Country and McCartneys, are on a road that has been severely flooded in recent days.Andrew Hipkiss is a director of Walton & Hipkiss along with his brother Christopher. Their grandfather established the company in 1929 and although it now has three branches, the agency’s head office remains at its original site in Hagley.The SARA crews are all dedicated volunteers and like the RNLI they rely on donations from members of the public to continue providing their extensive search and rescue operation. Click here to donate.Read more about agents helping with floods.Severn Area Rescue Association Andrew Hipkiss Walton & Hipkiss February 18, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgUnion staff have failed to complete diversity and equality training, and committee training in Hilary term was not attended by the full committee. Joshi said, “It is my understanding that staff training was to take place in Week 8 of Hilary Term, but could not, due to changes to staff schedules resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, to which the Union was having to adapt.” Sara Dube, the ex-President, told Cherwell: “Organizing the training was a priority for me in Michaelmas, after I brought the Standing Order change to TSC. I was well aware that everyone’s schedules would fill up quickly once term began, so wanted to get the training dates and times in as soon as possible. Staff training has not yet occurred, despite it being mandated by the standing orders. Rule 59.a, concerning staff, in particular staff supervision, states that “general oversight” for the Society’s staff lies with the Bursar, who is part of the Society’s permanent paid staff. “When the possibility of arranging a second training came up in Access Committee a few weeks later, I agreed. However, the initial trainings were booked over six weeks in advance and it wasn’t possible to find a suitable date for us until the last couple of weeks of term. I suggested to Access Committee that it may be more practical to have the next session at the start of Trinity, and they agreed. Image credit to Kaihsu/ Wikimedia Commons “To ensure ease of arrangement of training for all future Presidents, I left all correspondence regarding the arrangements on a folder in the President’s inbox.”  “I booked two sessions for the first week of Hilary, one with the University Disability Advisory Service and one with OUSU, over six weeks in advance. I made it clear to committee that the training was compulsory, and was glad to see the majority of committee attend both sessions (those who couldn’t attend had an immovable academic commitment at the same time). Some staff have been trained prior to Michaelmas, but exact numbers were unavailable. The Union was unable to comment on whether the security staff involved in events in Michaelmas had received training, due to it being an ‘ongoing disciplinary matter’. Concerning the future training of both student committee and paid staff, she said: “In spite of the unprecedented circumstances, the Union remains committed to training both its committee, and its staff. Had it not been for the pandemic, and had the Union continued to have in-person events, we would have ensured to train committee at the very beginning of term, before commencing their logistics, press and other term-time duties, which involve interacting with the membership, and members of the public.  “In Michaelmas Term 2020, when the Union will hopefully be in a position to resume in-person events, my successor will be committed to ensuring that the new committee is trained at the beginning of the term, before commencing their duties. We are also committed to ensuring that provisions for staff training are in place for when they return to work from furlough.” Staff and committee for Trinity Term have not yet been trained, due to the closure of the Union as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdown restrictions. Staff have now been furloughed. center_img Training sessions for the student committee were held in first week of Hilary term, but were not attended by those who had “valid reason” (clarified in an announcement to committee as ‘a tutorial that can in no way be moved’). While there was supposed to be “another [session] for those members of committee who did not make the first one”, this session did not occur. “A large proportion of the committee at the time attended, actively participated in and engaged with both of these training sessions. Since these sessions were organised by the President at the time, Sara Dube, with no record passed on to myself or the current committee, I am unable to provide exact attendance figures, or details of logistical arrangements.” She added, “The training was to take place online, and the provider had beenidentified by the member of staff in chargeof overseeing it. I am told that, due to the frequent turnover of staff in the Union, the training was to be undertaken by members of staff once the shifts for TT20 had beenidentified.” In Michaelmas, blind Ghanaian student Ebenezer Azamati was violently removed from the debating chamber of the Union, and had his membership temporarily revoked. This led to impeachment proceedings and the resignation of the President and subsequently, the Union implemented new standing orders for the training of staff and committee members. In a Standing Committee meeting in first week of Trinity Term, after questions from the Access Officer about commitment to staff training, the Bursar stated that she was “still investigating it.” Standing Order E15 states: “The President shall each term approach the University Training, Mentoring and Advisory Services to arrange for: a) An implicit bias workshop b) A race awareness workshop c) A disability awareness workshop to take place for all members of staff and committee.” These workshops, however, took place for students, but not staff, in Hilary term. In relation to the Union’s staff and their training Joshi stated: “The majority of the Union’s staff members work with us on a part-time basis, with wide-ranging hours. In order to work around this, provisions were being made for staff to partake in online training, which could be accessed in their own time, overcoming the logistical and contractual challenges of gathering all the staff in one place at any given time. The vast majority of the staff has since been furloughed due to the pandemic, naturally bringing opportunities for training to a halt.” “However, given that no members of committee will be interacting with the membership this term, the Access Officer and myself have taken some time to research alternative sources of training to the University services, and have approached a few training companies to see what they might offer, and how this might suit us. We have also reached out to the Disability Advisory Service, and the Student Union, to check what they might be able to offer us remotely. We remain committed to ensuring that the requirements stipulated above are met by the conclusion of the term.  In a comment to Cherwell, current Union President Mahi Joshi, said: “In accordance with the Standing Orders, all members of committee were required to attend two compulsory training sessions at the beginning of Hilary Term 2020. The first of these sessions covered Disability Awareness, facilitated by the University’s Disability Advisory Service, and the second was an Equality Training workshop, covering both race and disability awareness. In relation to staff training Dube stated, “I booked both training sessions with the intention of them being held for both staff and committee. Before the first of the sessions, myself and the Head of the Disability Advisory Service (who was running the session) were informed that the staff already had access to online training covering the areas of both the scheduled sessions, which would be completed.”last_img read more

first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays READERS POLL question is:Do you feel that the City of Evansville is having serious cash flow problems?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgWynton Marsalis is returning to Harvard to continue his two-year lecture series, “Hidden in Plain View: Meanings in American Music,” with a talk on improvisation at Sanders Theatre on April 17. Currently the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis is an accomplished musician, composer, bandleader, and educator who has made the promotion of jazz and cultural literacy his hallmark cause.In addition to his lecture-performance, Marsalis will teach a master class to more than 100 local high school students the following day at the Boston Arts Academy.Marsalis’ lecture, the fourth in the series, is titled “At the Speed of Instinct: Choosing Together to Play and Stay Together.” It will begin at 7 p.m. and include musical illustrations by acclaimed musicians, including Walter Blanding (tenor sax), Ali Jackson (drums), Carlos Henriquez (bass), and Marcus Roberts (piano). For the first time in the series, the event will be live-streamed at harvard.edu/livestream.“We will discuss and demonstrate the techniques, concepts, methods, opportunities, and objectives that encourage spontaneous, intelligent, and cohesive group decision-making in our music,” Marsalis said. “We will also illuminate how each member of the quintet asserts, accompanies, and adjusts to balance the freedom of improvisation with the sacrificial demands of finding and maintaining our common rhythm, known as swing.”Marsalis’ lecture series, sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, launched in April 2011 before a capacity crowd with “Music as Metaphor,” a two-hour journey through the history of American music, punctuated with performances by bluegrass and jazz musicians. He returned to campus in September 2011 with a team of dancers for his second lecture, “The Double Crossing of a Pair of Heels: The Dynamics of Social Dance and American Popular Musics,” which traced the evolution of American social dance from the Charleston to the fox trot and the tango to the twist. His third lecture, “Meet Me at the Crossroad,” examined the roots of American music.“Wynton’s presentations over the past two years have been unforgettable for all of us who have experienced them,” Harvard President Drew Faust said. “I am delighted that his magical weaving of music, dance, and the evolving arc of inclusiveness and justice in American history will this time be available to a wide audience through the Internet.”In addition to his lectures, Marsalis has engaged in dialogue with students throughout the University and community, taught master classes at a local high school, engaged in a panel discussion about education and the arts at the Graduate School of Education, and spoke at the Harvard Innovation Lab about the artist as an entrepreneur.A native of New Orleans, Marsalis is one of the nation’s most highly decorated cultural figures. In addition to winning nine Grammy Awards, he was the first jazz musician to receive the Pulitzer Prize for music.His international accolades include honorary membership in Britain’s Royal Academy of Music, the highest decoration for someone not a British citizen, and the insignia Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest distinction. He has more than 70 albums to his credit, which have sold more than 7 million copies, and three albums earned three gold records.Marsalis is also the first major jazz artist to perform and compose across the full spectrum of jazz, from its New Orleans roots to bebop and modern jazz. He has expanded the vocabulary of jazz by creating an expansive range of music for everything from quartets to big bands and symphony orchestras, and tap dance to ballet and modern dance. He was recently named a CBS News Cultural Correspondent. Harvard awarded him an honorary doctorate in music in 2009.Tickets for Marsalis’ lecture at Sanders will be free. They will become available for the Harvard community on April 9 and for the public on April 11. For information on obtaining tickets, visit the Harvard Box Office website. Learn more about Wynton Marsalis.last_img read more

first_img Making themselves at home in Harvard Yard A summer of helping Their favorite things Related Smiles, handshakes, and even a little hair styling as first-years move in Connections and change were the theme Monday afternoon as Harvard College’s Class of 2023 proceeded to the Science Center Plaza tent for their First-Year Convocation and an address by President Larry Bacow. Change was even part of the ceremony.Under darkening skies, the gathering planned for Tercentenary Theatre moved to the plaza, in the first of what will likely be many twists and turns in the first-years’ College careers. The switch was helped along by cheers and a lively processional from the Harvard University Band. The class is 1,650 strong; 13.1 percent of them are international students; and 14.5 percent of them are the first in their families to attend college. As they have for more than a decade, alumni volunteers served as marshals, greeting the students at their dorms and leading them into the exercises.In welcoming the students, Bacow emphasized how connection and growth are intrinsically linked to change. “Anyone who is thinking of the next four years as a series of stepping-stones to a predetermined outcome — be it an award, a concentration, a job, a specific career, or anything else — is a person who will miss the point of this place,” he said.Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana calls on the Class of 2023 to focus on change.Before Bacow’s remarks, Stephanie Paulsell, the Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School and interim Pusey Minister at the Memorial Church, gave the opening invocation. In her inclusive prayer, she noted that “not every member of the class has arrived on campus.” Although she did not name Ismail Ajjawi, a Palestinian resident of Lebanon who had been denied entry into the U.S., her message highlighted the need for inclusion as she asked for “forms of community that illuminate connections between us.” (In a late development, Ajjawi was permitted entry and will be attending classes on Tuesday.)Dean of Students Katherine O’Dair then welcomed Harvard’s 372nd class, noting that the College experience gives incoming scholars “a chance to redefine ourselves,” and cautioning them against spending all their time spent studying or honing a particular skill. In four years as dean, she said, she has found “the most rewarding parts of my day are the ones I didn’t plan,” reminding the first-years that, “The journey you are on is as important as the destination.”,A choral interlude by the Harvard Choruses (the Harvard Glee Club, Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum) included a moving rendition of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” before Bacow addressed the crowd. Bacow, M.P.P. ’76, J.D. ’76, Ph.D. ’78, began his talk with a look back, noting that this fall marks the 50th anniversary of his arrival in Cambridge, where he attended “that other school at the other end of Massachusetts Avenue.”“Trust me when I tell you that these first few days will persist in your memory for at least half a century,” he said, recalling that he and his family were greeted  at MIT by police in riot gear and protesting students in the turbulent year 1969. He noted how much has changed — and how much remains the same.“Time reveals what is essential,” said Bacow. “The landline will soon drift from human memory, as will ham radios, smudgy newsprint, and television antennas. But the desire for information and connection is as strong as it has ever been.”,Looking beyond one’s own experience is an important part of growth, he stressed. And embracing change, even when that is challenging, should be integral to the Harvard experience. “The more you learn — and the more you see — the more you will notice what needs changing,” he said. “Harvard is not perfect. Massachusetts is not perfect. America is not perfect — and neither is the world in which we live,” he said before urging the assembly to action. “It is necessary for all of us to stand up and speak out for the causes in which we believe.”Rakesh Khurana, the Danoff Dean of Harvard College, Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, professor of sociology, and faculty dean of Cabot House, gave the College address. “It’s time to start looking ahead,” he said. “Your generation is being asked to help recover and renew.“Veritas is much more than a slogan,” he said, noting “the importance of the search for truth” and encouraging exploration and an open mind to create transformational College experiences that will better the world.,A musical selection by the Kuumba Singers, under the direction of Sheldon K.X. Reid, made for an inspirational interlude, starting with “Hold On Just A Little While Longer,” encouraging perseverance.Fotini Anastopoulos ’20, a Winthrop House resident, gave the student salutation. The first-generation student recalled her father’s emphasis on education, despite health concerns and necessary sacrifices. She also spoke of the challenges of leaving the “only home I had ever known” to attend the College.,“Since coming here, I’ve found a new home,” said Anastopoulos, “one that can stand as a place that holds a piece of who I am.” Remembering her father, who died last summer, she told the assembly he taught her to “Never fear sacrifice. Never give up on the hope for a brighter future.”In her greetings and presentation of the class banner, Alice Hill ’81, A.M. ’88, Ph.D. ’91, spoke of the First Nations, including those who were the traditional custodians of the land on which Harvard stands: the Massachusett, Nipmuk, and Wampanoag. On behalf of all the First Nation elders, as well as Harvard’s more than 371,000 living alumni, she then, for the first time, raised the banner of the Class of 2023 to thunderous applause, before the assembled first years, also for the first time, rose and sang the alma mater, “Fair Harvard.”center_img At your service Program for incoming first-years offers an opportunity to sample public service More than 1,500 first-years fan out around Greater Boston for a day of volunteering at schools and nonprofits Newly arrived first-years share special mementos from home last_img read more

first_imgStudents, faculty and members of the South Bend community sat together under the Dome as they prayed and sang traditional hymns, including We Shall Overcome and Let There Be Peace on Earth.Martin Luther King, Jr. Day serves as an important reminder of a time not long ago when segregation and discrimination divided the United States, University President Fr. John Jenkins said, addressing the assembly.“It’s so easy, and so common, for us to forget Martin Luther King’s struggle … but it is important to remember, and that is why today is for,” Jenkins said. “It’s important to remember the hardships that African Americans endured in a segregated nation.”Although more than 50 years have passed since the civil rights movement took shape, violence and racial discrimination are still an unfortunate part of our society, Jenkins said.“I can’t help but think of the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of Michael Brown, or in France, the killing of those at the periodical Charlie Hebdo,” he said. “Both are complex situations. … But I can’t help thinking, sadly, that in these and other events, a certain cycle [of violence and oppression] is at work.”Jenkins said King’s legacy – one of nonviolence and peaceful protest – should inform how we react to these injustices.“The language of Martin Luther King was the language of the Gospel, the language of love,” he said.“… His method was that of nonviolent resistance, which seeks to bring change, not with force, but standing nonviolently against injustice in a way that calls attention to it and changes our hearts.”Sophomore Tegan Chesney said she thought it was valuable to take time to honor King, especially since class was still in session.“Since we have classes on Martin Luther King Day, I thought it was important to go to a service to commemorate him,” she said.When thinking about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and civil rights, it is important to look first to working to improve our communities, graduate student John DiTillo said.“The petitions — I really appreciated the one that talked about the Notre Dame community and St. Joseph County, because I think it’s easy, when you’re talking about social justice, to think on a global scale,” DiTillo said. “We’re encouraged to do that a lot at Notre Dame. We’re not always encouraged to look at the spaces we inhabit and think critically about how we engage, and what we’re contributing to them.”King primarily focused on community and national issues like these, but ultimately the civil rights movement became much bigger than the laws it changed, Jenkins said.“The greatness of Martin Luther King exists not only in that he stood unflinchingly for justice, which he did,” he said. “Not only that he so powerfully denounced oppression, which he did. Or that he brought about change, which he did.“The special greatness of Martin Luther King is that while doing all these things, he showed us a way out of the destructive cycle of oppression and divisions, violence, further oppression and divisions, more violence and deeper divisions … He marched, he sat in, he engaged in civil disobedience without violence, without hate. And thereby he changed not only law and customs — he changed hearts.“So let us not forget, let us continue to remember. Let each of us let his message change our hearts.”Tags: Fr. John Jenkins, John Jenkins, Martin Luther King Jr., MLK Day, nonviolence, Prayer service “Let peace begin with me.”Those were the words that echoed throughout the rotunda of the Main Building on Monday as Notre Dame honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through prayer.last_img read more

first_imgThis summer marked the end of an era at Notre Dame as one of the University’s oldest buildings, Corby Hall, was demolished to make way for a new Corby Hall in its place. The construction is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2020.The original Corby Hall was built around 1895 as a student residence hall and was converted in the 1930s to house the priests and brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross — its current-day function. Construction is being funded by Notre Dame alumni Jay and Mary Flaherty’s (’79) $50 million gift to the University, $20 million of which is being allocated towards the new building, the South Bend Tribune reported in May. Thomas Murphy | The Observer An artist’s rendering shows a new, modern Corby Hall, scheduled to be completed in spring 2020. The old Corby Hall was demolished this summer to replace one of the University’s oldest buildings.Religious superior of Corby Hall and Notre Dame art professor Fr. Austin Collins said Corby housed 28 Holy Cross priests and brothers prior to its demolition and served as the center of the Congregation’s on-campus community.“[For] the Holy Cross brothers and priests at Notre Dame, [Corby was] the place where they came to pray and to eat and to relax, to chill out,” he said. “It was their home.”The residence is named after Fr. William Corby, the third and sixth president of Notre Dame and chaplain to the Irish Brigade at the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War.A statue of Fr. Corby has traditionally stood outside of Corby Hall. Known by students as “Fair Catch Corby,” the statue is a replica of another statue that stands in the Gettysburg battlefield, Collins said.“The students actually started to raise the money for the Corby statue to have a duplicate of the one at Gettysburg, and the young development department at that time took that project over and finished the fundraising so that we could have the statue,” Collins said. “We moved [the statue] just across the street. We didn’t want to put it in storage, we wanted Corby to be out there so all can see him.”Corby Hall was home to several famed figures in Notre Dame‘s history including former Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne and University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who lived in the building for 58 years, Collins said.Despite the building’s long history and tradition, Collins said the Congregation ultimately decided the building was in such poor condition that there was no choice but to tear it down and rebuild.“We spent some serious time — six months — meeting with architects [and] with community members to see if we could renovate the old building and put an addition on,” he said. “It ended up being in bad stewardship … because of the shape the building was in.”The need to renovate Corby was never in question, Collins said, due to the structure’s outdated technology and lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a 1990 law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Still, the residents of Corby Hall found it difficult to watch their long-time home be torn down.“There’s close to 70 priests who associate themselves with Corby Hall at the University of Notre Dame … and there’s everything from 95 to 25 [year olds who live there] … so there’s a lot of people,” he said. ”It’s a cross-generational community. It was difficult to see [Corby] come down [and] to move out of it … but I think everyone was very responsible in knowing that it was in bad shape. It was needed a lot. In some areas [the building] was pretty primitive.”Collins said the original structure’s poor condition was made especially obvious as workers began digging out the foundation.“We discovered the building was in much worse shape than we realized once we started getting into the issues of renovation,” he said. “I think what really shocked me was the foundation was really rubble. The brothers and the workers that were hired just brought stones from the field, rubble and concreted it together. The foundation was 4-feet wide all around that building.”One of old Corby’s most beloved features was the building’s mar brick exterior, a low-fired brick made from clay found at the bottom of St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Lakes, Collins said. Several buildings in Corby’s vicinity also use the distinct yellow brick, including the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Administration Building and Sorin College.Salvaging and reusing this famous brick was an important consideration in the Corby reconstruction project, Collins said.“[The mar brick is] going to be used for [renovating] older buildings at Notre Dame, and it’s also going to [be given to] donors and friends of the University that have wanted the brick,” he said. “Some of the residents who have lived there a long time asked for brick too. A lot of brick was saved, but the brick was in bad shape; that’s one of the reasons why the building has been torn down.”The new Corby structure will not have an original mar brick exterior, Collins said. Instead, a modern brick will be used.“The new brick … is very similar in look but is much stronger, higher fired, and is used in the new architecture building,” Collins said. “We took it and put it next to Sorin and put it next to the Basilica and you can’t tell the difference. It’s much better and will last longer.”Mike Daly, senior director of project management for Notre Dame’s facilities design and operations, said the new brick’s close resemblance to the mar brick is one of many efforts to help the new Corby blend in with Notre Dame’s historic quarter of campus.“While the building will be new, our goal is that it will feel as if it has always been there for generations,” Daly said in an email. “The massing of the new Corby Hall will have a similar look and feel to the old Corby Hall. The exterior materials will also have a similar appearance from the color of the brick to the use of slate on the roof. New Corby will also have a new front porch that will also extend to the second floor.”As with any construction on the Notre Dame campus, the Corby reconstruction has generated many reactions from the alumni community, Collins said.“We’re trying to be very transparent,” Collins said. “Everyone cares about what goes at Notre Dame — the landscape, the structures that go up — so everyone should care about this. [Corby] is in the old French quarter of campus, so it has to fit in. People should be concerned and I’m glad they’re concerned.”Daly said the new Corby Hall is an opportunity to contribute to the beauty of Notre Dame’s campus and the welfare of the Congregation for years to come.“It is very exciting for us to be involved in a project that is in this historic and sacred core of campus and will have such a profound and positive impact for the Congregation,” Daly said. “We are most excited for the opportunity to create a new home for the Congregation that will serve their needs for the next 100 plus years.”Tags: Campus Construction, construction update, Corby Hall, Fr. Corbylast_img read more

first_imgAsia tops Europe as leading region for offshore wind investment in 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Total investment in offshore wind power projects in Asia Pacific (APAC) came in at almost double that of Europe in 2019, as the fast-moving emerging market eclipsed the sector’s historic heartland for the first time, according to new research from the Renewables Consulting Group (RCG).Led by Taiwan, Japan, and Vietnam, the capital spend in APAC surpassed $10bn, while in Europe just over $5.5bn was invested – a differential largely explained by the “maturity of the [latter] market and intense competition” which have driven down the levelised cost of energy per megawatt by over 50% in recent years, said the UK analysts.Overall, by RCG’s calculus in its Global Offshore Wind: Annual Market Report, Europe saw just under 1.4GW of offshore wind plant reach financial close last year, while for APAC this was nearly 2GW.“Taipei’s offshore wind development plan, supported by a feed-in tariff, is starting to bear fruit [in Taiwan] with five projects reaching financial close in 2019, totaling almost 2GW in cumulative capacity,” said RCG director Lee Clarke, noting that the financial investment decision (FID) reached on the Changfang and Xidao projects in the first quarter of 2020 suggested the “mechanisms and procedures that can be adopted in emerging markets in order to attract investment and lower project costs.”Clarke also spotlighted break-out FIDs for the Vietnamese and Japanese markets, via Tra Vinh 1 and Akita projects, respectively reached the same milestone. Though 2019 was a “particularly strong year” for the APAC region in locking up project investment, other markets “continue to advance,” emphasized Clarke, pointing to RCG’s forecast that 8-13.5GW of cumulative capacity will reach FID in the next four years worldwide.“Europe and the Americas laid the foundations for similar project progress from 2020-2023, with significant lease auctions, power purchase solicitations and legislative changes taking place in the past year. In the UK, France, the Netherlands, and the US, large-scale offshore wind solicitations have positioned more projects closer to financial close than in any previous year in the history of the offshore wind market,” said Clarke.[Darius Snieckus]More: Asia offshore wind power capital spend eclipses Europe’s for first timelast_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr We know how hard you’ve worked to put together a great credit union business continuity plan  – the long nights of researching best practices and configuring sophisticated technologies are finally reaching an end. There’s just one problem – YOU know what a great plan it is but the rest of your credit union doesn’t seem to “get it”. We asked around to see why this happens and came up with five that most credit unions can address/fix NOW before disaster strikes!1) Most employees say they didn’t even know the credit union had a DR/BCP (or the case of quadrant four of Johari’s window) – Many times we assume that the great plans we write will somehow magically communicate themselves down the chain and onto the production floor. This just isn’t the case. Even if an employee has heard the term BCP at work, I’m betting it is more likely to be associated with the mechanism meant to prevent offspring. We throw acronyms around as if everyone is supposed to understand them. Start with a good educational piece on your intranet and build from there. Outline the “why” you have a plan (people safety, community support and let’s not forget compliance), and who is responsible (everyone!). Every employee should be trained so they understand their roles and be trained accordingly. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgMar 6, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The European expansion of H5N1 avian influenza continued with discovery of the virus in two swans in Poland, while three cats in an Austrian animal shelter tested positive for the virus as well, according to reports today.A Polish laboratory identified the virus in two swans found dead in the northern city of Torun, news services reported. The cases were the first ones reported in Poland.A veterinary official, Jan Zmudzinski, told Agence France-Presse (AFP), “Yes, we have confirmed that it is definitely H5N1.” He said samples would be sent to the European Union reference laboratory in Weybridge, England, for confirmatory testing.Polish authorities began taking precautions yesterday, after experts announced that the swans were probably infected, according to AFP. A 3-kilometer hygiene-security zone was set up around where the birds were found on the banks of the Vistula River.Zmudzinski said several other dead birds found in the Torun area had been tested, but no other cases were found, according to the story.In Austria, three live cats from the Noah’s Ark animal shelter in the southern town of Graz tested positive, according to another AFP report. A chicken in the same shelter had been found infected with the virus about 2 weeks ago, marking the first known case in a domestic bird in Europe, the story said.The shelter had placed infected chickens in cages next to pens holding cats and dogs in the belief that the virus could not spread from birds to mammals, according to AFP.Testing of cats in the shelter began last week, after German officials announced the discovery of a dead cat infected with H5N1 on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen, the report said. All 170 cats in the shelter were to be tested. An Associated Press (AP) report described the three infected cats as sick.All the cats from the shelter have been moved to another site where they were to be monitored, the AP quoted Austrian Health Minister Maria Rauch-Kallat as saying.In Serbia, authorities confirmed H5N1 infection in two swans found dead in northern and western regions, according to another AFP report today. Last week officials had reported finding an H5 virus in one swan.One of the infected swans was found Mar 2 at Backi Monostor near the Danube River, less than 6 miles from the border with Croatia and Hungary, AFP reported. The other swan was discovered over the weekend near Bacevci village on the Drina River, which forms the border with Bosnia.In southern France, the virus turned up in a wild swan found dead about 31 miles east of Camargue, marking the first case outside an area near the Swiss border, according to a Bloomberg News report published yesterday. Camargue is a nesting area for thousands of flamingos and is also home to a third of France’s ducks from September to March, the story said.In Uganda, the newspaper the Daily Monitor reported yesterday that the unexplained deaths of thousands of poultry on farms in several districts had triggered an avian flu scare. Today, a report from the Ugandan Web site The New Vision said a Ugandan official had reported that tests at a lab in Nairobi, Kenya, had found no avian flu in samples from the birds.last_img read more