Irish government to clamp down on stamp duty loophole

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In Montauk, Things Go Better With Coke?

first_imgAs in summers past, downtown Montauk is seeing a number of arrests made by East Hampton Town police on cocaine possession charges. This past week, two men were charged at the felony level for allegedly having more than a half gram of the narcotic in their possession at the time of their arrest.Dennis Lestrange, 24, who told the court during his arraignment that he recently moved to Houston from Long Island, was arrested on the felony possession charge on South Elmwood Avenue near the back of the Memory Motel early morning Friday, August 2. He was sitting in a parked car with a friend at the time, in an area known for drug trafficking. Police say they found two vials of the white powder in Lestrange’s left pants pocket.“You’ve been charged with a Class D felony,” East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana said during his arraignment later that day. Lestrange told the court he was scheduled to return to Texas for his new job. “You’re here now,” Rana said. “Call up your employer and tell them you were detained.” She put him on Justice Steven Tekulsky’s August 8 criminal calendar, to make sure that Lestrange has a lawyer in place, in order to expedite the legal process. He was released on $1000 bail.A Montauk man, Daniel Shuman, 19, was arrested a little before midnight Friday, August 2. He was charged after a traffic stop on Montauk Highway near Second House Road. The arresting officer reported finding three small packets of cocaine on Shuman’s person, as well as in the car. He was released without bail. Early morning July 27, town police arrested an 18-year-old Amagansett man, whose name was not released because of his age. He was said to have had a small quantity of cocaine in his pocket, leading to a misdemeanor possession charge. Police said that he resisted arrest and had to be subdued by the officer, leading to a second misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. The teen was released after being arraigned later that morning without having to post Sharelast_img read more

Platts: Libyan Output Drop-Off Hits OPEC’s July Oil Production

first_img[mappress]Press Release, August 9, 2013 Crude oil output from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) fell 110,000 barrels per day (b/d) to 30.34 million b/d in July from 30.45 million b/d in June, a Platts survey of OPEC and oil industry officials and analysts showed Thursday.“When the consuming world wonders why oil prices remain relatively high, the Libyan production drop-off cited in our report is a reason,” said John Kingston, Platts global director of oil, “as well as the declines seen from South Sudan, Egypt, Syria, and in particular, the decline in Nigeria, though it rose slightly this month.”The key production increases are coming from: the United States, Canada, and swing producer Saudi Arabia.“Ultimately, it’s a lot of heavy lifting for those three countries, given the shortfalls in so many other locations,” Kingston noted.A 130,000 b/d increase from OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia failed to offset the 200,000 b/d month-over-month crude output drop in Libya, where production and exports have been affected by strikes about pay and conditions as well as protesters demanding oil sector employment. Libyan crude output was estimated at an average 1 million b/d in July.Libya’s main oil export terminals at Es Sider, Ras Lanuf and Zueitina remained closed this week. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said last week that crude exports had dropped by more than 70% to just 330,000 b/d. Nuri Berruien, head of the National Oil Corporation, told Platts in early August that output had dropped to around 820,000 b/d.Output increases, albeit small, were seen in Kuwait and in Nigeria last month, where the Trans-Niger pipeline briefly came back on stream before being shut down again after a new leak.Output from sanctions-strapped Iran dipped by 20,000 b/d to 2.66 million b/d. Iraqi production fell for the third consecutive month, to 2.98 million b/d in July from 3 million b/d in June, 3.1 million b/d in May and 3.15 million b/d in April. Angolan production fell by 30,000 b/d to 1.75 million b/d.OPEC exceeded its overall production ceiling of 30 million b/d by 340,000 b/d in July. The group agreed at its Vienna meeting in June to maintain the ceiling established in January 2012 but which does not include individual country quotas.last_img read more

OES: Progress on open sea testing

first_imgWorldwide ocean power installed capacity 2015 Ocean Energy Systems (OES) has issued the Annual Report for 2015 that presents an overview of the activities undertaken within OES in 2015. Take a look at the list of some of OES member countries’ progress related to open sea testing infrastructure.Several countries are working to advance research in open sea test sites by building the capability, infrastructure, and strategic partnerships to assist the private sector on the path to commercialization.The development of sea testing facilities for different stages of the development process is seen as a typically valuable measure at governmental level, OES report states.Such infrastructure encourages ocean energy development by enabling practical experience of installation, operation, maintenance and decommissioning activities for full scale prototypes and farms, as well as on services and streamlining procedures of installation, operation, maintenance and decommissioning activities for fullscale prototypes and farms, as well as on services and streamlining procedures.Work is under way on several marine energy infrastructures. Several technologies are progressing into the open sea and others are very close to be deployed.BelgiumA sea test facility was implemented at approximately 1 km from the Harbour of Ostend, not yet grid connected. Over the last year, a 1:4 scale prototype wave energy converter Laminaria has been tested at the sea testing site and a new deployment at EMEC is now planned for 2017.CanadaThe Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) is Canada’s research centre for tidal current energy, located in the Bay of Fundy. In addition to the 17.5 MW already approved in 2014 (4 berths), Nova Scotia announced an agreement with DP Energy to install a 4.5 MW tidal current project at a 5th berth.Feasibility and impact studies to expand the onshore electrical infrastructure to accommodate up to 20 MW started in 2015. Canada also established a Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre (CHTTC) in Manitoba, in the Winnipeg River, to test river current technologies. In 2015, 4 turbines were tested there. The 20 MW Annapolis Royal tidal barrage power plant commissioned in 1984 continues to operate today.ChinaIn China, three test sites are being developed: a small scale test site in Weihai Shandong province, a tidal energy full scale test site in Zhoushan Zhejiang, initiated by China Three Gorges Corporation, and a wave energy full scale test site in Wanshan Guangdong.The upgrade of Jiangxia Tidal Power Plant from 3.9 MW to 4.1 MW was completed in August 2015. Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (GIEC) with China Shipping Industry Co. has deployed their 100 kW Sharp Eagle Wanshan converter in November 2015. There are several research projects on wave and tidal energy progressing to sea trials. Further the concept of hybrid power stations (combining ocean, wind and solar energy) continues to be developed.DenmarkIn Denmark, the Danish test site for Wave Energy Conversion (DanWEC) includes two sites, a benign site in Nissum Bredning and an exposed site at Hanstholm. Two wave rider buoys have been launched at DanWEC and a seabed survey has been carried out. Wave Piston was deployed at Hanstholm during the summer of 2015.GermanyThe Nemos prototype has been tested at the Nissum Bredning test site in Denmark since August 2015, feeding energy into the grid. Another wave energy developer, SINN Power GmbH, announced, in late 2015, that their first wave power module was successfully installed on the Island of Crete, Greece.In addition to these projects, major German utilities are active in the ocean energy sector with test installations and prototypes around Europe.KoreaIn Korea feasibility studies for test beds for wave and tidal energy have been carried out and it is expected that in 2016 the construction of a wave energy test bed of 5 MW capacity with 5 berths will begin. In 2015 a new wave energy pilot plant – INWave – developed by INGINE Inc. was installed in Jeju costal water, and is expected to be connected to local grid by mid-2016.The design of an active-controlled tidal energy converter developed by KIOST was completed in 2015 and will soon be tested at sea. Further much activity was going on at the 200 kW OTEC plant built in December 2014.NorwayRunde Environmental Centre (REC), located on Runde Island on the Norwegian west coast, can accommodate wave energy devices for testing at several sites. One of the sites is now equipped with a sea cable to grid connection to shore.The Norwegian developer Havkraft finalized their prototype testing of the Havkraft Wave Energy Converter (H-WEC) in real sea environment at Stad in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway, in 2015, with over 4500 running hours and is now implementing the concept into offshore aquaculture and other applications. A number of wave and tidal projects have made progress, preparing to be tested at sea in the next years.PortugalIn Portugal, Enondas, a subsidiary of the Portuguese Grid Transmission System Operator (REN), holds a 45- year lease for 320 square km of seabed, since 2010, for the development of wave energy projects. However, there has been no progress regarding the development of infrastructures.Pico Plant, owned by WavEC, in Azores, continued operational in 2015 delivering electricity to the grid. After a successful series of tests, WaveRoller demonstration project in Peniche, is now developing a new unit, first of kind of the array.SingaporeThere are recent initiatives led by ERI@N to develop test centres in Singapore for wave and tidal current projects. The Sentosa Tidal Test Site is one of these test sites to provide opportunities to develop local technologies to harness the energy available in the narrow channel between Singapore and Sentosa. The development of solutions suited for small islands, isolated villages, and emergency power supplies has been also promoted in Singapore.SpainSpain offers three test sites for wave energy testing including the Biscay Marine Energy Platform (bimep), an open sea test facility promoted by EVE (the Basque Energy Agency) and IDAE (Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving) in the Basque Country, which was officially inaugurated in July 2015. OCEANTEC, a Spanish company with two shareholders (Iberdrola and TECNALIA) was awarded a €2.5 million contract by EVE in November 2015 to test a wave energy prototype at Bimep.After the start-up of bimep, EVE is giving Mutriku’s wave power plant a new use as test site. The new use is compatible with the main activity of the plant that is to generate electricity from wave energy. This installation has achieved a cumulative production of over 1 GWh after 4 years of continuous operation.The third one, PLOCAN on Canary Islands includes a marine area of 23 square km from the coast to 600 m water depth. The submarine electrical infrastructure is still in the design stage expected to be ready in 2017. During 2015, two wave energy devices were installed and tested at Plocan site, Canary Islands: the W1 prototype developed by the Spanish company Wedge Global, and Penguin II prototype developed by the Finish company Wello installed in September 2015.SwedenIn Sweden, Lysekil wave power research site was grid connected during 2015. Another test site in Sweden is the Söderfors marine currents research site. Both sites have devices in the water and are operated by Uppsala University. During 2015, the Sotenäs project situated at the Swedish west coast progressed: 36 generators were in place and the subsea generator switchgear was deployed and connected to the Swedish national grid. Several other Swedish developers have made progress during the year and are preparing for demonstration in the ocean, primarily outside Sweden.United KingdomUK has world-class facilities – EMEC, WaveHub, FaBTest, Narec and the testing tanks at University of Edinburgh and Plymouth University – to support the continuing development of the wave and tidal stream sectors.Important achievements in UK are the beginning of the construction of the world’s first multi-turbine tidal stream array project MeyGen Phase 1A, tidal stream developer Atlantis’ acquisition of Marine Current Turbines and the successful deployment of Tidal Energy Ltd’s DeltaStream device in Ramsey Sound, Wales.First pre-commercial wave array projects are progressing at the Wavehub: the 10 – 15 MW CETO project developed by Carnegie Wave Energy Limited, the 10 MW Fortum project and the 10 MW Seabased wave energy technology project.The United StatesTesting infrastructure and instrumentation is one major focus area for the Water Power Program. Several test sites for wave, tidal and river currents and OTEC are being developed with support from US Department of Energy. In 2015, the Azura wave energy prototype from Northwest Energy Innovations was installed at the Navy’s WETS in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and the Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) deployed its RivGen turbine in the Kvichak River, in Alaska.Furthermore, a number of deployments in US have been announced by developers, including the Ocean Energy (OE) USA, Resolute Marine Energy, Fred Olsen and Columbia Power Technologies.The latest year-end report from OES, published today, April 22, 2016, not only covers analyses of current member countries but this year invites key players in international funding to discuss all aspects of the finance and funding initiatives required to drive the industry forward.Source/Images: OES Annual Report 2015last_img read more

Rubble Master subsidiary rebranded

first_imgRubble Master’s subsidiary Maximus is now called RM DungannonLeft to Right: Günther Weissenberger (Managing Director RM Headquarters and RM Dungannon), Gerald Hanisch (Founder and Owner), Neil Collins (Managing Director RM Dungannon). Photo by: Rubble MasterAustria-based company Rubble Master has announced that its subsidiary Maximus – a manufacturer of tracked mobile screens – has taken the group’s name.Now known as RM Dungannon, the change of name has brought the Northern Irish subsidiary’s site into line with RM Headquarters in Linz, Austria.Gerald Hanisch, the founder and owner of Rubble Master, said: “We see the rebranding as the next logical step so that we appear on the market as a strong, full solution provider with one brand name – the RM Group.”Known for its crushing machinery, Rubble Master originally acquired Maximus in 2018. In addition to a product range now with the same yellow branding, the move saw the companies restructure to share suppliers and improve their product management and sales. Rubble Master said the cooperation had resulted in growth of 15%. #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Hansom: The need for speed

first_imgFastest way to the topFollowing my trip to the Leadenhall Building (or the Cheesegrater, as it is colloquially known) a few weeks ago, I wanted to know whether anyone else had been suffering from the sort of shock I got after travelling in one of the lifts. I had to hang on to the handrail as we blasted up the side of the building. “Surely,” I thought, “others must have felt the same?” Turns out they have. Word reaches me that some staff with a touch of vertigo in the building have had to resort to getting to their floors via the fireman’s lift. This lift is safely ensconced by metal and has not a glass viewing panel in sight.There and back againThe walk from the House of Commons to the RICS headquarters in Westminster takes four minutes according to Google Maps. And one of my hacks who was attending the launch of energy efficiency consultant Enhabit last week noticed that the housing minister Brandon Lewis – who was speaking at the event at RICS HQ – was the last person to arrive, despite having the shortest journey. Lewis blamed his late arrival on a Commons vote on zero-carbon homes, and after hastily rushing through his speech, dashed back across Parliament Square to vote again on the housing bill so he could, in his words, “find out what I’ll be doing on Monday”.Sore in the saddleOne of Boris Johnson’s final acts as mayor of London was marked by a cyclist calling him a “prick”. The Conservative MP speaking to LBC Radio afterwards said he was opening the latest cycle superhighway at Blackfriars Bridge when during his piece to camera the cyclist decided to let Johnson know what he thought. “That is the job of mayor of London,” he said. “You sweat blood to deliver a project that is unbelievably politically, bureaucratically, diplomatically difficult. [Then] you get a hail of abuse from the people in the limos, the Financial Times has gone absolutely crazy about this thing, the cab drivers don’t like it, all that sort of thing. And then finally on day one, the cyclists themselves,” he added. Sadiq Khan, you’ve been warned – it’s a fickle city.Get on the back of the van!Bam Nuttall is trying to tackle the UK’s skills shortage and encourage diversity in the industry. The contractor is using its vans as adverts to attract new recruits, in particular women, to a career in construction. The firm’s vans currently feature a picture of Bam Nuttall trainee quantity surveyor Kat Woodall on one side and a small girl on the other playing with building bricks with the slogan “Building your future career” on their rear doors, The image of Woodall will stay on Bam Nuttall’s vans for a year. Woodall said that while it is “quite strange” she hopes it will encourage women to consider a career in construction. She is currently working on Bam Nuttall’s Manchester Smart Motorways project.Are you local?“Yuppies be dammed!” is the message from one of the UK’s much-desired holiday hot spots. St Ives in Cornwall – where over a quarter of residential properties are classed as second homes – has voted to ban the sale of new housing to those not planning to use it as their main residence. The new rules have yet to come into effect, but councils in the Lake District, Derbyshire Dales, north Devon and the Isle of Wight are said to be considering similar schemes, meaning your idyllic countryside retreat may soon become a thing of the past. However, ministers are believed to be about to oppose the ban over fears it could be seen as unfair discrimination against those with enough money to own two properties.Fury of the furze-pigsHS2 is under threat of derailment, courtesy of some small spiny mammals. Eleven hedgehogs, which live in London Zoo’s car park, have become the latest face of protest to stop HS2 from being built. Animal experts at London Zoo have joined opponents of the government’s rail project as they try to protect the only group of wild hedgehogs living in the capital’s royal parks. They have warned that the hedgehogs face extinction if their home is turned into a lorry depot during the building of the London to Birmingham section of the high speed railway line. The Zoological Society of London, which runs the zoo in Regent’s Park, is among over 820 petitioners to the House of Lords objecting to the HS2 line.Send any juicy industry gossip to hansom@ubm.comlast_img read more

Cut and dried shipment for Röhlig Spain

first_imgRöhlig Projects says at 90 tonnes, the dryer is the heaviest and largest unit load shipped on a ro-ro service out of Spain’s Santander port.With a diameter of 7.25 m and height of 3.485 m, the width of the drying machine drum was a challenge as it could not be placed on a single 40 ft roll trailer which has a total width of 2.6 m.Shipping line, Höegh Autoliners has been working on a prototype of its double Mafi concept that had been developed, tested and approved in the USA and here was another opportunity to use the equipment in a commercial operation.Höegh’s design involves two 40 ft roll trailers joined together by a coupling kit system, which locks the two trailers side-by-side. A twin gooseneck has also been developed ensuring the towing unit has a good connection with the roll trailer at all times during transport.  Röhlig says that this was the first time the system has been used in Spain and only the second time in the world.The drum was loaded on ro-ro vessel Höegh Target, which has a loading ramp of 12 m width, with the Port Kembla in Australia as the destination. with Borg Manufacturing, as the end customer, will use the unit to dry materials it uses in the manufacture of wood panel surfacing and cabinet doors. read more

Read of the Week

first_imgYumciousJenny MorrisMapStudioReview: Sinazo MkokoI’ve always been one of those people who believed that a good cook and a great baker could never be the same person. With me, I’m able to whip up a meal good enough to make people really happy but I can’t say the same about my baking. In this cookbook, Jenny manages not only to take a trip down memory lane and share recipes from her childhood, but she also comes back to the present, speaking about the local and international travels during which she has found inspiration. You will understand how she ended up being a chef because through the food and the aromas described, she paints a vivid picture of her warm and lovely home, from her granny’s orange poppy and caraway seed rusks to her mother’s Sunday lunches and father’s homemade brews. My stomach growled and mouth watered as I was flipping through the pages. I didn’t know what to try because everything looked delicious. I enjoy quick, easy and tasty meals and the warm lamb and mushrooms with hummus recipe caught my attention. The ingredients were easy to find and it just begged to be tried. I invited a few of my girls (“food critics” who never decline the invite) and served it all up with pita bread. Judging from the way they devoured the dish, it is safe to say that this was one of the most lip-smacking meals I’ve ever tried. Other recipes in the book I enjoyed included the ones for sweet and savoury snacks because, like Jenny says, there’s more to the day than just breakfast, lunch and supper. The brunch and light meals also look enticing. She makes the salads from the veggies and herbs from her own garden, which makes me want to have a garden of my own. I don’t know how the idea of smoked chicken and grilled plum salad or chicken, beetroot, rocket and goat’s cheese salad came about but she’s changed the way I see beetroot, which has never been my favourite as I just hated the way it took over on a plate. With this book, I’m slowly learning that one can find a good balance between baking and cooking. For now, I’ll stick to what I know and continue to improve my skills.last_img read more

Railway supply industry news round-up

first_imgAbellio and Regiobahn have awarded N-ERGIE contracts for the supply of traction electricity in Germany.Law firm Baker & McKenzie has joined the Rail Working Group, which represents the rail industry in regard to the implementation of the 2007 Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment.Cable and connector supplier LAPP has acquired its long-term Swiss distribution partner Volland.French company Vision Systems has opened an office to Montréal to supply driver assistance and door systems in the North American market.The Transport-Technology Research Innovation for International Development competition to fund short projects supporting safer and more efficient transport in low income countries in Africa and South Asia is open for applications until August 16. Implemented by IMC Worldwide and funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development, the competition provides funding up to £30 000 for 10 collaborative projects in the areas of long distance strategic road and rail; urban transport; low carbon transport; and gender, accessibility and inclusion. The competition is open to companies of any size anywhere in the world.last_img read more


first_img 109 Views   no discussions An All-Star cast of Zouk performers, comprising Princess Lover, Eric Virgal, Oswald and Dominica’s Mel, will feature on Night Two of the 21st edition of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival, scheduled for October 25 to 27, 2019, at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in Roseau, Dominica. The Zouk All-Stars which will be appearing on the festival stage on Saturday 26th October, alongside the Cadence-lypso All-Stars, Reggae and Dancehall legend, Buju Banton, Soca Stars Fay-Ann and Bunji Garlin, Extasy Band and Triple Kay International, will bring their unique individual styles and the dynamic sound of the Zouk music to this year’s WCMF.The All-Star cast for this year’s festival includes the charismatic and sweet sounding Princess Lover. The Martinique born beauty, this Princess of Love, has come to represent the beautiful and romantic side of Zouk music. She brings to WCMF her many years of success, passionate and distinctive vocals and a number of songs for patrons to feast upon. Her hit songs include the sensual, Zouk Love track, “Mon Soleil”. Also from Martinique, Eric Virgal is songwriter, performer and music producer who has been on the Zouk scene since the late 1980’s. This richly talented singer, whose music has been played throughout the Creole world has a wide repertoire of hit songs, many of them he produced in collaboration with the singer, Orlane. His hits include the big track, “Pa Fe Mwen La Penn”.  Oswald, an artiste based on the island of St. Maarten, brings a fresh and dynamic feel to a new Zouk and Kompas sound. This versatile and talented singer is a lady’s man, who is sure to impress with his wide range of styles and appeal. He combines a mix of rhythms to his Zouk background to create his own unique style. Mel, is a Dominican princess of song, who has been impressing audiences and fans all over, with her versatility and class. Hugely popular in her native Dominica and throughout the French West Indies, the former lead singer of the Ti Orkest band, is coming to the stage of the 2019 WCMF after an impressive debut at this year’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival in Dominica. Her monster hit, “Touch Me”, the remix with popular Martiniquan musician, Jmax, has garnered more than 16 million views on Youtube, making her easily one of Dominica’s most viewed artiste on the platform.With such a versatile and dynamic group, WCMF fans can expect Zouk power and an abundance of energetic and very passionate performances by this very talented group of artistes. Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img LocalNews ZOUK ALL-STARS FOR WCMF 2019 by: – October 9, 2019 Share Tweetlast_img read more