Call centre sale raises £14.1m for St Modwen

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Governor Wolf Signs New Legislation to Support Low-Cost, Clean Energy Technology in Pennsylvania

first_img June 12, 2018 Economy,  Energy,  Environment,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 234, establishing Pennsylvania’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, a financing mechanism that enables low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to commercial or industrial properties. This legislation represents a triple win, for small businesses who will save money on their electricity and water bills, for Pennsylvania’s economy through the creation of new good paying clean energy jobs, and for cleaner air and water as new clean energy sources are added to our diverse energy mix.“This innovative financing mechanism will support the creation of new clean energy and energy efficiency projects throughout the commonwealth, while also enhancing property values and employment opportunities, while lowering the costs of doing business,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The implementation of this economic development tool in Pennsylvania is yet another example of the bipartisan work that can come out of Harrisburg when we work together on common sense legislation.”Currently the upfront cost of installing energy-efficient or clean energy technology can be prohibitive for many small business owners. This legislation provides a common sense, market-driven, and voluntary solution to this problem without requiring any public funds.This legislation provides a new option for local governments, who may choose to develop or participate in a PACE program. Once established, private lenders provide financing to building owners for energy-efficiency and clean energy technology upgrades. Then the local community simply collects an assessment on the improved building over a period of years and remits the payment to the lender to pay for the retrofit. In many cases, these upgrades can save the building owner more than the cost of the assessment, meaning they begin saving money immediately.“The PACE program is a voluntary market-driven initiative which will create jobs and enhance Pennsylvania’s clean energy portfolio,” Senator John Blake said. “I have enjoyed working with my colleague Senator Guy Reschenthaler and wish to thank Governor Wolf for signing this bipartisan legislation into law and I look forward to working with our communities to begin implementing PACE in Pennsylvania.”“We thank Governor Wolf for his leadership growing and sustaining good jobs in our state and protecting the environment and the leaders in the legislature that made this idea a reality,” said Khari Mosley, Regional Program Manager for the BlueGreen Alliance. “The Blue Green Alliance strongly supports commercial PACE because it will help our state by creating good jobs, boosting energy and water efficiency efforts, and make our state more competitive in the increasingly global marketplace.”“This is an important victory in the effort to promote clean energy in Pennsylvania,” noted PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. “It’s impressive when Democrats and Republicans, environmentalists and labor unions, and business leaders can all come together to pass a critical clean energy policy like this.”“We’re excited for the potential of PACE to attract investment and boost economic development here in Pennsylvania. PACE financing will help our contractors provide needed energy solutions for their commercial and industrial customers while putting electricians to work,” said Jeffrey Scarpello, Executive Director of the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.“The signing of SB 234 marks a major step forward for Pennsylvania’s energy efficiency industry,” said Matt Elliott, executive director for the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA). “With PACE financing for commercial properties coming to Pennsylvania, we’re going to see more investment in energy efficiency, more energy savings for Pennsylvania businesses, and more energy efficiency jobs. The commonwealth’s existing energy efficiency programs now employ more than 62,000 Pennsylvanians in fields ranging from construction to engineering to manufacturing. The establishment of PACE financing will help further grow this important local jobs market.”PACE loans can be used to pay for clean energy upgrades such as new heating and cooling systems, lighting improvements, solar panels, water pumps, and insulation.Currently, 33 states plus the District of Columbia authorize PACE financing for clean energy and energy efficiency projects; this includes a diverse group of states such as Alabama, California, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Texas.Today, the governor also signed House Bill 566, House Bill 1793, House bill 1952, and Senate Bill 880. Governor Wolf Signs New Legislation to Support Low-Cost, Clean Energy Technology in Pennsylvaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ørsted Gets Positive Feedback on Hornsea Two OSS Application

first_imgUK governmental agencies, conservation organisations and companies have responded positively to Ørsted’s application to reduce the number of offshore substations and increase the size of the topsides on the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind project.Following the review, the application received no objections from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, The Crown Estate, National Federation of Fishermen Organisation, Trinity House, Natural England, Historic England, and Anglian Water.In February 2018, Optimus Wind Limited and Breesea Limited sent the application on behalf of Ørsted to the UK’s Planning Inspectorate to reduce the maximum number of offshore HVAC collector substations on the Hornsea Two from six to three.The width of the offshore substations would be increased from up to 60 metres to up to 90 metres, and the length from up to 60 metres to up to 70 metres. The maximum area would be increased from up to 3,600 square metres to up to 6,300 square metres.The changes would not result in an increase in the footprint of the supporting structures’ impact on the seabed, and the number of legs and piles on the jacket foundations supporting the topsides will remain the same as allowed in the existing Development Consent Order (DCO), according to the developer.In September 2017, the Hornsea Project Two received a Contract for Difference for 1,386MW. The wind farm will feature Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines installed some 89 kilometres from the Yorkshire coast.Once operational in 2022, it will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, leapfrogging the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One, also being developed by Ørsted. Similarly to the Hornsea Project One, the electricity generated on Hornsea Project Two will be collected and delivered to the grid via three offshore collector substations and one reactive compensation substation.last_img read more

Caribbean tourism chief warns region against ‘political stupidity’

first_img 28 Views   no discussions Share Tweet NewsRegional Caribbean tourism chief warns region against ‘political stupidity’ by: – December 5, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Richard Skerritt. Image via: nevispages.comBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Sen. Richard Skerritt has warned the region not to allow local political partisan interests to undermine the Caribbean’s main income earner.Skerritt, who is also Minister of Tourism and International Transport in St Kitts and Nevis, said given the challenges of the current world economy, there is an urgent need for all sectors in each island to work closer together.Speaking at a tourism seminar in Grenada, he said local politicians must put aside their own partisan interests to ensure that the region’s tourism sector survives these times.“Our tourism must be protected from the partisan tribalism that often divides us in these islands. We don’t have to like each other to work together in the national interest,” Skerritt explained.“We just need to like what we do and love our country. We don’t have to agree on everything in order to improve our product standards and island experience for our visitors.”The St Kitts and Nevis tourism minister said the common national interest of preserving the crucial tourism sector must trump all other considerations.Skerritt said an eminent danger to regional tourism is what he called local “political stupidity.”“We don’t have to vote for the same party in order to recognise the value of tourism expenditure in our economy,” he said.“We must therefore not allow the vital needs of tourism to be compromised by shortsighted political stupidity. Political stupidity is prevalent across our region.”The CTO chairman also warned about the eagerness to cut back spending on market competitiveness because of the crisis.He said what the industry needs now in a time of crisis are wise investments.“And while we have to be prudent in our own expenditure we must not allow overly obsessed cost cutters in our businesses and government to ignore the need for people development or in market competitiveness,” said the tourism minister.“We should have passed the stage of debating this but across the region you will be surprised how many people do not understand this. You will be surprised at how many leaders in our industry, government and private sector do not understand that tourism wealth actually alleviates poverty,” said Skerritt in a CMC report by Rawle Titus in Grenada.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Manufacturers Association Launches Insurance Trust

first_imgThe Indiana Manufacturers Association is creating a group insurance trust through which members with two to 50 employees can offer health insurance and drug coverage to their workers.The Trust will be administered with the help of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The non profit group insurance trust will be governed by a board of trustees made up of presidents and CEO’s of Indiana Manufacturers Association members.IMA President Patrick J. Kiely stated in the announcement, “We’re extremely pleased to partner with Anthem to provide our membership with a private-sector solution to their healthcare needs. We offer simple plan administration, discounts through Anthem’s robust networks, and flexible plan design to meet each company’s benefit package goals.”last_img read more

Quick thinking crew, dominant car help King rule Kent Lewis Classic

first_imgWilliam Reed, Trey Burke and Jacob Harris completed the top five.  The win came in King’s first start of the season and more than made up for his 18th place showing in the 2019 classic.  King led all 25 laps of the Southern United Sprints opener and seventh annual classic, with a bungee cord used to keep his IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car in gear. Defending race winner Trey Schmidt was second. CLEVELAND, Texas (June 6) – Quick-thinking by his crew and a dominant car made Daniel King a two-time Kent Lewis Classic feature winner Saturday night at 105 Speedway.  “It feels fantastic, with Kent being my mentor and the guy who got me into a Sprint Car,” said King, also winner of the inaugural event. “It’s special to win this race, especially twice.”  King plans to display both Kent Lewis Classic trophies side-by-side at his shop. The nine-year veteran of the division chases a career fourth series championship this season. Also battling brake issues, King was smooth on the high side and ran much of the way in lapped traffic. The final caution came with five circuits to go and he was catching the back of the field at the checkers. center_img “I knew they were right there behind me but we had a super downright dominant car,” King said.  Feature results – 1. Daniel King; 2. Trey Schmidt; 3. William Reed; 4. Trey Burke; 5. Jacob Har­ris; 6. Rod Craddock; 7. Caleb Padgett; 8. J.J. Whitworth; 9. Kent Lewis Sr.; 10. Theresa Waller; 11. Tyler Harris; 12. Mark Harris; 13. Michael Oliver; 14. Steve Leggio; 15. Mike Gabriel; 16. Doug­las Roberts; 17. Laine Holsten; 18. Dustyn Welch; 19. Billy Cramer; 20. Isaiah Garcia; 21. Austin Smith; 22. Aiden Welch; 23. Gordon Taylor; 24. Curtis Gabriel; 25. Les Leaton. Daniel King won the Kent Lewis Classic for the second time, topping the 2020 Southern United Sprint season-opening event at 105 Speedway. (Photo by Ron Skinner) Lewis, a long-time driver and Sprint Car supporter in the Houston area, finished ninth at the event held in his honor. “We struggled with chassis issues a lot last year. We got our original Triple X Chassis back and got back to more consistent times,” he explained.last_img read more

Michigan’s I-96 opens Friday with $1,196 to win IMCA Ice Breaker

first_imgLAKE ODESSA, Mich. – I-96 Speedway opens this Friday, May 6 with the $1,196 to win Ice Breaker special for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.The 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier pays a minimum of $125 to start. All applicable points, including local track points, will be awarded. There is no entry fee.Top two finishers in each Modified heat will be entered in the $500 to win dash for cash.Pit gates at Lake Odessa open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $8 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under.More information about the Ice Breaker is available from promoter Mike Mouch at 616 642-0555, on Facebook and at the www.I96speedway.com website.last_img read more

Joanna Joyce Girod

first_imgJoanna Joyce Girod, age 3 years old, of Allensville, Indiana, entered this life on September 13, 2016 at their home in Allensville, Indiana. She was raised in Allensville, Indiana and was the loving daughter of, Samuel D. and Polly L. (Bontrager) Girod. Joanna was a member of the Hope Baptist Church in Dillsboro, Indiana. Joanna enjoyed playing outside, listening to nursery and Sunday school songs, going to church, sitting in her chair coloring and playing with her siblings. Joanna went to be with her Lord and Savior at 12:01 p.m, Friday, December 27, 2019 at her residence.Joanna will be missed by her heartbroken parents, Samuel D. and Polly L. (Bontrager) Girod of Allensville, Indiana; her siblings, Rebecca Rose Girod, Malachi August Girod, Loretta Lovina Girod, Jethro George Girod and Deborah Dawn Girod all of Allensville, Indiana; her paternal-grandparents, Daniel and Miriam Girod of Pleasant, Indiana; her maternal-grandparents, Leroy and Katie Bontrager of Minnesota; her paternal-great-grandparents, August Girod of Owensville, Kentucky and Salome Eicher of Reading, Michigan; her maternal-great-grandmother, Esther Bontrager of Lagrange, Indiana and her numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.She was preceded in death by her paternal-great-grandparents, Elnora Girod and Jacob Eicher and her maternal-great-grandparents, Joe Bontrager, David and Polly Borntrager.Friends may call 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday, December 30, 2019, at the Hope Baptist Church, 15593 US-50 Dillsboro, Indiana 47018.Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., by Pastor Tom Holt, at the Hope Baptist Church, 15593 US-50 Dillsboro, Indiana 47018.Interment will follow in the Lee Cemetery, on Nell Lee Road, Fairview, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to Joanna Joyce Girod Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

J. Howard Ernstes, 100

first_imgJ. Howard Ernstes was born on January 21, 1920 to Lawrence B. and Christina (Fisse) Ernstes at their home in rural Decatur County. He was the fourth of five siblings, Henry, Kathryn, Ralph and Jean.There was neither indoor plumbing nor electricity. The entire family pitched in to take care of the 160-acre farm. Howard, for example, woke up at 4:30 AM to feed the animals before walking to the two-room Middlebranch School with his brothers and sisters. On weekends, the family rode into town to attend church and sell cream and eggs at the Courthouse Square. This simple life sustained the family through the Great Depression; recalling that time, Howard said that “there just wasn’t much.”Howard later attended school at Saint Mary’s and Greensburg High School, graduating in 1938. The caption next to his high school graduation photo read: “He hasn’t decided what his profession will be, but whatever it is, as his name suggests, he’ll work at it in earnest. He has been the baseball catcher for three years.”Not long after, Howard’s uncle died suddenly at 37 years of age, leaving behind a wife, seven children and a dairy farm. Howard immediately hitchhiked to Katy, Texas to help out. While he was there, he even tried out for the Houston Buffaloes, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals. Though Howard didn’t make the cut, he did get to see the Yankees play an exhibition game – a well-earned consolation prize.Howard returned to Greensburg in 1939 to work for Decatur County Bank at the request of his father. He continued to play baseball, and began dating Mary Ann Redelman.Howard enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 7, 1942 after hearing of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He completed basic training at Ft. McClellan and served in Trinidad. During a two week leave, he returned home and asked Mary Ann to marry him. They were married in St. Mary’s Church on February 22, 1944.Howard was honorably discharged from the Army in October 1945, the same year he and Mary Ann had their first child, Carol Ann. They raised Richard, Dale, Helen, Sara, Joe, Tom, Mike and Ken from their homes on S. Michigan Avenue and Poplar Street.Howard returned to banking, working at Union Bank and Trust before purchasing and running Ashley Machine, Inc. He worked in both industries until retirement in 1982. Sports were an important part of his life, as were his friends. Howard built a tennis court in his backyard to host matches, and secured a loan for the land that eventually became the back nine holes at Greensburg Country Club.  He continued to golf well into his 80’s, and scored a golfers dream, a hole in one on hole #5 at the Greensburg Country club. He regularly hosted Wednesday night Ping Pong.Howard was involved in Saint Mary’s Church and the Knights of Columbus. He and Mary Ann enjoyed traveling abroad and visiting their many grandchildren. His love of a good martini is family folklore, as is his sense of humor. For example, late in his life, his daughter Helen pushed Howard into the doctor’s office in a wheelchair. When the doctor asked how it was to raise nine children, Howard replied, “Well, look at me, I’m in a wheelchair!”Howard was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and his wife Mary Ann, who passed in 2009.  Survivors include: Daughters: Carol Howe (husband Bill), Helen Black, Sara Amrhein, and Sons: Richard, Dale, Joe (wife Robin), Thomas, Michael (wife Nancy) and Kenneth (wife Viviane). Howard has 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, all of whom were blessed to celebrate Howard’s 100th birthday alongside him and many friends and loved ones in January 2020. Howard said hello to anyone he passed on the street. Remember him by giving a stranger a nod and a smile, and by calling someone you love to let them know you care.A Private Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery with Father John Meyer officiating. A Memorial will be held at a later date. Memorial Contributions can be made to the St. Mary’s Building Fund. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-how.comlast_img read more

Reid stunned by penalty decision

first_img The additional four minutes which had been indicated were already up when Ramires tumbled in the penalty area under what looked a fair shoulder challenge by Reid. Referee Mariner thought otherwise and handed Chelsea a lifeline, which Eden Hazard – back in the side after being dropped for the midweek Champions League game against Schalke for being late back from a trip abroad because of a lost passport – gratefully accepted as he rolled the ball into the bottom corner. Steven Reid thought referee Andre Marriner was going to book Chelsea midfielder Ramires for diving instead of pointing to the penalty spot in stoppage time as West Brom were denied a memorable victory at Stamford Bridge. Reid, making his first Barclays Premier League start of the season because of injury to Billy Jones, felt West Brom had deserved better. “When the whistle has gone, I thought he (referee) was going to book him (Ramires) for diving. Ramires has gone to ground really easily,” Reid said on the OfficialAlbion You Tube channel. “At the time it felt soft, I felt like I stood my ground. “Looking at the replays afterwards, there has been no raising of the arm, my arms are by my side, so for us it is very harsh. “But these decisions happen sometimes and on the whole we have to be happy with a point, even if at the minute it feels like a defeat.” Chelsea, who lost at Newcastle last weekend, had gone in front just before half-time though another poachers goal from Samuel Eto’o after Liam Ridgewell delayed his clearance. However, Steve Clarke’s side where level on the hour through Shane Long’s header and then Chelsea keeper Petr Cech allowed Stephane Sessegnon’s shot to squirm into the net, which had looked enough to take all three points until the late, late drama. Reid said: “It was a great second half performance and we are disappointed not to have come away with all three points. Press Association “We defended well, maybe we did not get forward as we would have liked, but we managed to stay in the game, which is always the aim when you come to the bigger clubs. “In the second half, we came out with more confidence and belief, we grew into the game and at times we could have put the match to bed when we had a couple of chances. “But before the game this result would have been looked at as a good result, but with the way it ended, it does feel like a defeat in that changing room.” West Brom had chances to put the match beyond Chelsea, most notably when captain Chris Brunt broke clear but blazed his shot over from the edge of the penalty area, when he could have laid it off. Clarke, who came within moments of ending his former mentor’s long unbeaten Premier League home record, felt once the dust settles, there will be plenty to build on. “The biggest disappointment is the (penalty) decision, but we will go away and analyse the game,” said the former Chelsea assistant manager. “We did 60% of our job correctly in the first half, when we got a good defensive shape and restricted Chelsea, but we did not show enough ambition going forwards “In the second half, we showed much more ambition, and when the game opened up, we were the better team. “We have to try to take that forwards now into the games coming up. “We have proved we can go to the bigger clubs, with the exception of Liverpool, where we did not start well, and that cost us. “We have a decent team, and if we want to challenge the top six, then we have to learn these little details which can make a difference.” last_img read more