New Roof, New Year: ‘Women Build 2021’ helps build new futures…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSDatesDetailsFamiliesFundraisingHabitat for Humanity Seminole-ApopkaHomeownershipHomesTeamWomen Build 2021 Previous articleStuck inside your home this Groundhog Day? Be like Phil the weatherman, and try some mindfulnessNext articleOrange County lags behind in COVID-19 vaccinations Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From Habitat for Humanity Seminole-ApopkaGet out your work gloves ladies! Women Build 2021 is right around the corner. Every Spring women come together all over the world to support affordable housing through fundraising, and volunteering. This year’s theme is #ChoosetoChallenge.Every single day we are all responsible for what we choose. This year let’s choose our community. Habitat Seminole-Apopka is excited to work alongside you this year in choosing to build new roofs and new futures for families in our community.Why Women Build.Women from all over Greater Apopka and Seminole County are teaming up to challenge one another to help local families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through homeownership. When women choose to challenge each other to succeed we can change our community for the better! Together we can build a stronger world. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Start fundraising! With cool and creative ways to fundraise; like a wine and girl scout cookie pairing event, or Valentine’s Day-themed bingo night, there are plenty of fun ways to meet your team’s goal. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Build together! After each team reaches their fundraising goal of $3,500, Habitat for Humanity Seminole-Apopka will contact you to schedule your build day in April or May.Deadline for Sponsor LogosMarch 12, 2021International Women’s Day BuildMarch 6, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Team Build DaysFridays, and Saturdays – April 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & May 1st Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gather your team! Assemble up to 10 Women Builders; these ladies will be with you every step of the way. Together you will inspire and challenge each other to surpass your team’s fundraising goal of $3,500! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

The New Global Brands: Managing Non-government Organizations in the 21st Century

first_img Howard Lake | 22 November 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The New Global Brands: Managing Non-government Organizations in the 21st Centurylast_img read more

The Case for Kip Tom

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleSurvey Shows Trump Optimism Spills into Farmers’ OutlookNext articleMorning Outlook Patrick Pfingsten Home News Feed The Case for Kip Tom UPI photo by Albin Lohr-JonesWe don’t know for sure that Indiana farmer and agribusinessman Kip Tom is under consideration for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, but if any folks in the Trump Administration happen upon this corner of the internet, I’m here to tell them Mr. Tom should be.Let’s concentrate for a moment what the U.S. Department of Agriculture is: a massive organization with 100,000 employees, 29 agencies, and over 4,000 offices around the country. To compare, Purdue University—all of it—employs about 15,000 people.In many ways, USDA runs like a business. It receives money (mostly from federal tax dollars, but some from fees), and hires, fires, provides services and enforces regulations. Even more than day-to-day services provided by USDA, the Ag Secretary’s job is focused on ag policy and as a cheerleader for American agriculture.Of the last eight Ag Secretaries, seven of them were lawyers or held an MBA. You can understand ag policy as much as you want, but there’s something to be said for having qualification in the (literal) field. The last farmer to head USDA was John Block in the Reagan administration. That’s thirty years of lawyers and politicians making decisions as agriculture changed.This administration is in a peculiar position. The President-elect has never held political office. He has never taken a position on agriculture policy, and as a New York City developer, he knows about farming about as much as I know about astrophysics. So, unlike Tom Vilsack, who defended the President’s positions on ag policy, whoever wins Senate approval in the Trump administration may be key in shaping ag policy for the entire administration.The President-elect and the Vice President-elect know that rural America is largely responsible for their pending moves to Washington, D.C. Without huge portions of rural Pennsylvania, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin, Hillary Clinton would be preparing to raise her right hand on January 20th. It is imperative that the Trump administration listen to a segment of the population that has felt left behind by politicians in Washington and who live in communities with few jobs outside of agriculture.Kip Tom appeared on initial lists of potential candidates for the Ag Secretary job shortly after Trump won the election. But, he had fallen a bit out of public discussion as discussion dragged on around former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, Idaho Governor Butch Otter, or several other potential candidates that have been paraded through the lobby of Trump Tower. If the transition hasn’t named one of those potential “leaders” yet, there may be a reason Trump is continuing the search.Mr. Tom does not look like your traditional bureaucrat. He doesn’t have a law degree. He knows how to drive a tractor. But he isn’t your traditional farmer. His enterprise grew to more than 20,000 acres across two continents, and has been a leading advocate for rural development in Indiana. He’s as comfortable in a suit as he is in blue jeans. Some will pan him as a “corporate” farmer, though Tom’s children run the farm business and Kip’s leadership built his small generational farm into a world class operation.The downturn in the farm economy has amplified the struggle facing rural America. Roads are crumbling, schools are failing, and there are no jobs for young people to come home to. With a Farm Bill about to expire and a new political reality in Washington, policies must be shaped to benefit rural areas.Tom has been criticized for payments his farm received under previous farm bills, though he has been open in his disdain for government intervention into agriculture. Having a leader who can sit with House and Senate leadership to explain why and how things happen on a farm and why they’re important goes a long way in building a new Farm Bill from scratch.Maybe most beneficial if Tom became Ag Secretary would be his longstanding support of biofuels and trade. He understands the environmental and economic benefits of ethanol and has long been an advocate to preserve and strengthen the Renewable Fuel Standard. And as the President-elect has traveled around the country and left many ag observers fearing a trade war with China, Tom could have the influence in the administration to try to (nothing is certain with Team Trump) reel in some of the rhetoric and try to build export markets for grain, dairy, eggs, meat, and poultry.Full disclosure, I know Mr. Tom well and I spoke with him by phone Tuesday morning. He politely declined to comment.Our world is changing. Agriculture is changing. We need vocal leaders and advocates for family farms in Washington, D.C. And as the cabinet is filling with politicians, billionaire executives, and retired military, it would benefit rural America to have a rural voice fighting for them.Patrick Pfingsten is an agricultural communications and policy professional based in Indianapolis. He can be reached [email protected] By Patrick Pfingsten – Jan 11, 2017 SHARE The Case for Kip Tom Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Pringle says MFG collapse has hit rural transport in Gaeltacht areas

first_img Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson By News Highland – September 9, 2011 Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pringle says MFG collapse has hit rural transport in Gaeltacht areas Talks take place this afternoon to discuss the distribution and management of funding and community supports in Gaeltacht areas following the collapse earlier this week of MFG Teo.  Donegal South West Deputy Thomas Pringle says the effects of this have already been felt at community level, with some school bus and other rural transport services cancelled yesterday and today.Deputy Pringle says alternative funding must be released immediately to allow these services restart……….[podcast][/podcast] Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleGAA – McGee to train with Irish Rules teamNext articleUltra high speed broadband could be provided to 10,000 Letterkenny households News Highland Google+ Twittercenter_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ News Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

Daiichi Sankyo Case: Supreme Court Asks Banks & Financial Institutions To Disclose Documents Related To Fortis Healthcare- IHH Healthcare Deal

first_imgTop StoriesDaiichi Sankyo Case: Supreme Court Asks Banks & Financial Institutions To Disclose Documents Related To Fortis Healthcare- IHH Healthcare Deal Srishti Ojha18 Feb 2021 9:12 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday directed the banks and financial institutions to place on record several documents to determine their role in alienation of Fortis Healthcare’s shares through its deal with IHH healthcare, on or before 22nd Feb 2021. The case will be taken for further consideration on 24th Feb 2021. A three-Judge Bench of Justices UU Lalit, Indira Banerjee and KM Joseph…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday directed the banks and financial institutions to place on record several documents to determine their role in alienation of Fortis Healthcare’s shares through its deal with IHH healthcare, on or before 22nd Feb 2021. The case will be taken for further consideration on 24th Feb 2021. A three-Judge Bench of Justices UU Lalit, Indira Banerjee and KM Joseph has directed the banks to place on record the documents related to loans advanced or financial accommodations extended in respect of which the shares of FHL were pledged with them, along with the nature of securities offered with such loan arrangements. The Banks and Financial institutions have been asked to provide the details of the encumbered and unencumbered shares of FHL standing in the name of FHHPL, held by them in September, 2016. Further, the Court has asked for details of shares of FHL standing in the name of FHHPL, which were put by them under encumbrance after 11th August 2017, when an order of status quo was passed by the top court. The Banks and Financial institutions have also been directed to provide the following documents relevant with regard to shareholding of Fortis Healthcare Holding Private Ltd in Fortis Healthcare Limited : · Details of shares of FHL standing in the name of FHHPL, that have been sold by banks from January, 2017. · Disclosure regarding whether such encumbrance created after 11th August 2018 was in pursuance of any fresh arrangement or agreement along with the details of such agreement/arrangement · Disclosure regarding whether under such agreement or arrangement any other security was given by the pledgers. · Value of the encumbered shares as they stood in September, 2016, on 11.08.2017 and on subsequent dates. Facts: Supreme Court had through its order dated 11th August 2017 directed that status quo be maintained with regard to the shareholding of Fortis Healthcare Holding Private Ltd in Fortis Healthcare Limited in respect of ‘both the encumbered and unencumbered shares. This was followed by applications being filed by various banks and financial institutions seeking modification in the top Court’s previous order. These banks, including Axis Bank and Yes Bank submitted that since certain shares of FHL held by FHHPL were already pledged with these banks, a direction should be issued stating that the orders dated the order of status quo would not apply to such encumbered shares. Therefore on 15th Feb 2018, Supreme Court had clarified that the status quo granted would not apply to the shares of FHL held by FHHPL which had been encumbered before the interim orders of Supreme Court 11th August and 31st August 2017 were passed. The Supreme Court in 2019 initiated contempt proceedings against Fortis for violation of its status quo order regarding the transfer of controlling stake in FHL. A three-judge bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna had asked Fortis to disclose the list of officials who controlled the company in January 2018-2019. The Singh Brothesr, Malvinder and Shivinder Singh, former promoters of Fortis were held guilty for contempt as they transferred and converted the assets of value only to defeat rights of Daiichi Sankyo, which was in contempt of Supreme Court’s order restraining them from divesting their shares in FHL The apex court said the transfer was in very “dubious and clandestine manner, without full facts being brought on record. The Court found that decision of IHH Healthcare fo infuse 4600 crores into FHL was a violation of its previous orders, and was done in a dubious and clandestine manner. Supreme Court while issuing its order in the contempt petition had found that there was a significant decline in the total number of shares held by FHHPL, both encumbered and unencumbered, which fell down in December 2018, but was never brought to the notice of the Court and was concealed with the knowledge that these facts, if brought to the notice, would have substantial bearing on the orders that would be passed to protect the interest of the petitioner. It was therefore observed by the Court that the number of unencumbered shares held by FHHPL steadily declined and that ‘the contemners knowingly and willingly lost control of Fortis Healthcare Limited (FHL). Arguments Before the Supreme Court: The Counsels appearing for some of the banks and financial institutions had submitted before the top Court submitted that the issue was already gone into by this Court and that there were no pleadings to which any response could be filed by the concerned banks.Senior Advocate Rakesh Dwivedi submitted that the present case was not just a case of creating encumbrance or pledge but, there were instances of sale of shares and the purpose was definitely to reduce the extent of control of FHHPL. When the applications for modification clarification were filed by the banks and financial institutions, SC had issued an order clarifying that the status quo granted would not apply to the shares of FHL held by FHHPL which had been encumbered before the interim orders. However, None of the banks had informed the Court what the consequences of that order would be, and that in a matter of a year- and-half, the shareholding of FHHPL stood reduced to negligible level. Senior Advocate Arvind Datar in this regard submitted that none of the banks or financial institutions had indicated why the unencumbered shares were sought to be put under encumbrance or the shares were sold when other forms of securities were available. He further submitted that the arrangements under which the shares were pledged must be disclosed so that the purpose for which the basic accommodation or loan was obtained would also be clear. The Court observed that both the Senior Counsel submitted that with various orders passed by the High Court and the Supreme Court, the concerned individuals and corporate entities could not sell the shares held by FHHPL directly and, therefore, a device was employed and the arrangement was so structured that the shares were proceeded against by the banks and financial institutions. It was submitted that the banks had intervened in the matters pending before this Court, that they were definitely aware of the Award granted in favour of M/s. Daiichi Sankyo Company Limited; and that the role of banks and financial institutions would, therefore, require closer scrutiny.CITATION: LL 2021 SC 99Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Michelle Obama, more stars share emotional tributes to Disney star Cameron Boyce

first_imgLA/Disney Channel via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A slew of emotional tributes from friends and former co-stars of late Disney star Cameron Boyce have come in since his passing on Saturday.The 20-year-old’s sudden death was due to a seizure as a result of an ongoing condition that has been identified by his family as epilepsy.Late Disney actor spoke about leaving ‘behind something bigger than’ ourselves.“I was lucky enough to share a few moments with Cameron Boyce — on set, at the White House, and on a service project — enough time to recognize that not only did he have incredible talent, but also an incredible heart,” she wrote.“Sending out a lot of love and hugs to his family, friends, and his many, many fans,” she added.Obama guest starred on the Disney Channel show Jessie with Boyce in 2014.Boyce shared the same photo of the pair in January 2018 in a birthday post to Obama. He wrote about his experiences with the former first lady in a lengthy caption.“The one word I think best describes her is REAL,” Boyce wrote about Obama. He also shared some of his favorite moments with her.“The first was from the time she was gracious enough to come on our show Jessie,” he said.“Our set dec[orator] man had walked behind her in order in curl some balloon ribbons with a pair of scissors. Of course the secret service men that accompanied her were in between them in .5 seconds lol… to which she responded ‘Chilllllllll guys. He’s just doing his job!’”Along with Obama, several of Boyce’s co-stars and close friends paid tribute to him on social media.Dove Cameron, who starred with Boyce in Disney’s Descendants movies, posted a video message sharing special words about her friend.“Over the last six years, since he was only 14, Cameron talked me down from countless edges, talked me through eating disorders, helped me out of a dark relationship and through endless breakdowns,” she shared, moved to tears. “He would whisper the dance moves to me on live television when I didn’t know what I was doing or hold my hand quietly to communicate wordlessly when we both knew we were thinking the same thing.”“He was magnanimous and arguably a true philanthropist at only 20, beloved by anyone who had been lucky enough to experience his light and indescribable energy,” she added. “Cameron was the ultimate example of a human being.”Skai Jackson, Boyce’s Jessie co-star, called him “one of a kind” in her post.“I am so happy that I got to spend almost every day with you on set, you gave the best hugs,” she wrote. “I wish I would have hugged you tighter when I saw you a couple of months ago.”Jackson also shared a video of him singing “I’ll Be There.”It’s been viewed more than 12 million times.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Jazz dominate from perimeter, top Nuggets 114-108

first_imgThe Nuggets rallied and closed to within four at 111-107 on Barton’s 3 with 1:27 remaining. Gobert hit a pair of free throws on the other end, and then Mitchell blocked a layup attempt by Torrey Craig with 43.6 seconds left to help Utah halt the rally. January 24, 2019 /Sports News – Local Jazz dominate from perimeter, top Nuggets 114-108 The Nuggets, who fell behind by double-digits in the first quarter, closed the gap and briefly overtook the Jazz when Barton made back-to-back baskets to cap a 9-0 run and give Denver a 31-30 lead early in the second quarter. Nikola Jokic scored 28 points and had 21 rebounds and six assists to lead the Nuggets, whose two-game winning streak ended despite shooting 42 of 88 — 48 percent — from the field. Will Barton added 22 points and a season-high nine rebounds. UP NEXT Tags: Basketball/NBA/Utah Jazz It didn’t last long. Rubio and Gobert scored on back-to-back plays to put Utah back in front less than a minute later. Denver tied it twice as the second quarter progressed, but the Jazz answered with seven 3-pointers over the final eight minutes of the half to stay in front. Mitchell scored four of those outside baskets and his final one of the quarter put Utah ahead 63-55. Nuggets: host the Suns on Friday. The game got a bit heated early when Utah’s Derrick Favors and Denver’s Mason Plumlee were both ejected with 2:46 left in the first quarter. The two shoved each either under the Nuggets basket, leading to more shoving from multiple players on both teams. Favors and Plumlee each received a technical foul, as did Utah’s Royce O’Neale and Denver’s Will Barton for pushing and shoving in the scrum. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points and made a season-high six 3-pointers to lead the Utah Jazz to a 114-108 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. Jazz: host the Timberwolves on Friday. Nuggets: Barton dished out a season-high five assists. He’s averaging 3.0 assists over his last five games. … Denver gave up 21 points on 16 turnovers. … Jokic posted his 14th double-double in the Nuggets’ last 19 games. … Denver outscored Utah 54-32 in the paint. Utah didn’t cool down from outside in the second half. Rubio and Mitchell bookended an 11-2 run with 3-pointers that gave the Jazz a 79-64 lead midway through the third quarter. Ricky Rubio added 17 points and six assists, Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Joe Ingles added 14 points and eight assists and Jae Crowder had 15 points for Utah, which won for the ninth time in 11 games after hitting 19 3-pointers. TIP INS The Jazz shot 13-of-27 (.481) from the perimeter in the first half, setting a franchise record for most 3-pointers made in a half. Denver stayed within striking distance by getting nine baskets in the paint in both quarters. The Nuggets scored 36 points in the paint before halftime. Jazz: Mitchell has scored at least 30 points in five of his last eight games. He has tallied at least 24 in 10 straight games. … Utah edged Denver 22-18 in second-chance points. … Gobert earned his 40th double-double of the season. … The Jazz are the first Northwestern Division opponent to beat the Nuggets this season. Written by Associated Presslast_img read more

US, Australian Navies Exchange Personnel

first_img July 28, 2015 HMAS Arunta brought together the operations of the United Sates Navy and the Royal Australian Navy recently in a demonstration of just how closely the two nations can work together.Arunta was part of the Expeditionary Strike Group during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE, and the Australian ship decided to test the limits of interoperability during a programmed air defence serial.A personnel exchange program allowed members of the ships’ companies from Arunta and the Arleigh Burke destroyer USS Preble to spend time embarked in platforms they had previously seen only from a distance. Acting Commanding Officer of Arunta, Lieutenant Commander Kingsley Scarce, was extremely happy with the exchange.As part of the exchange, Arunta and Preble arranged for a US Navy Air Intercept Controller to embark in Arunta.Following a crash course in the upgraded Anzac class Mk 3E combat system, the Air Intercept Controller, Petty Officer Second Class Johnson, took control of four US Navy F/A-18 aircraft from USS George Washington from Arunta’s Operations Room.This unique arrangement involved Arunta’s Air Warfare Officer, Lieutenant Steven Christensen, working closely with Petty Officer Johnson to direct the employment of the aircraft to provide defence to the Strike Group.“The exchange was well received by the participants and for many was a highlight of the exercise,” Lieutenant Commander Scarce said. US, Australian Navies Exchange Personnel Back to overview,Home naval-today US, Australian Navies Exchange Personnel Training & Educationcenter_img View post tag: Australian Navy Share this article View post tag: US Navylast_img read more

Recent Events Offer Promise for Protection of Sustainable Domestic Fishing

first_imgFishing Boats moored to wooden Piers at Sunset. Photo Credit: RODA website Interior Dept., BOEM, and Congressional Actions Pave Way to Protect Coastal EconomiesThe following article was released by the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance on 12/15 related to Offshore Wind Farms:Three significant positive developments affecting fisheries and offshore wind have occurred since Friday. The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) has worked on these issues to ensure the safety and continued viability of our U.S. domestic fisheries, our coastal communities, and seafood consumers in light of offshore wind energy development. These wins were not achieved through high-powered lobbying or well-financed campaigns, but rather by expressing a clear and consistent message based in science and fact, making reasonable requests, and working diligently with elected and appointed officials in the Administration, both parties in Congress, career agency officials, and a multitude of state and private sector entities.It is reassuring to see reason and logic prevail in government decisions. In addition to the many officials who contributed to these outcomes, we are immensely thankful for the efforts made by our own members, by others in the fishing industry and its advocates, and by those conscientious members of the offshore wind industry.The Jones ActWhat happened: On Friday, the Senate passed the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that included a version of the “Garamendi Amendment,” which clarifies that all federal laws–including the Jones Act–apply to “all installations and other devices permanently or temporarily attached to the seabed, which may be erected thereon for the purpose of exploring for, developing, or producing resources, including non-mineral energy resources.” President Trump has threatened to veto the NDAA bill, but it is considered to have a veto-proof majority in Congress.What It Means: A frequently cited benefit of the development of offshore wind energy has been domestic job creation. But the fact is that developers have planned to survey and construct early projects using vessels, equipment, and crew from abroad, with a longer term goal of building out a U.S. supply chain. RODA has submitted comment letters and raised attention to the Jones Act’s application to the offshore wind industry to date, which differed from all other ocean activities. This new statutory language means that many of those contracts and project plans will need to be revised to use U.S. vessels and crew from the start, consistent with all other U.S. industries. Currently, there are no Jones Act qualified vessels that can transport or install offshore wind turbines. Getting the investments required to build them may be challenging, and getting installation vessels in the water will take time. However, ensuring that any economic benefits generated by offshore wind energy accrue to our manufacturers and local communities is the right thing to do.BOEM Vineyard Wind decisionWhat happened: The Department of Interior has announced that the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Vineyard Wind project is no longer necessary, and the process is terminated effective immediately. In plain English, this means the federal permitting process for the Vineyard Wind project is canceled. This news will become “official” in the Federal Register on December 16th.What it means: On December 3, just a week before a final Environmental Impact Statement of its project was to be published in the Federal Register, Vineyard Wind announced that it had “decided to temporarily withdraw its Construction and Operations Plan (COP) from further review by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).”  BOEM responded by effectively stating that there is no “pause” option in the regulations, and accordingly “there is no longer a proposal for a major federal action awaiting technical and environmental review, nor is there a decision pending before BOEM,” and the process is “terminated.” RODA and local fishing interests repeatedly requested that Vineyard Wind, neighboring wind leaseholders, the states, BOEM, and USCG modify project designs to lessen impacts to the fishing industry. This led to a re-orientation of planned turbine rows in the dominant fishing direction, but other critical issues such as the addition of transit lanes for the safety of ocean-going fishing vessels were ignored. Now, Vineyard Wind will need to re-apply for its project, but the new timeline may not match supply contracts or the power purchase agreement with Massachusetts.Department of the Interior internal legal memorandumWhat happened: The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued an internal legal memorandum interpreting its statutory mandate to prevent offshore wind energy’s interference with fishing. Previous DOI guidance on the statutory language, which requires “prevention of interference with reasonable uses [including fishing] of the exclusive economic zone, the high seas, and the territorial seas,” indicated that offshore renewable energy projects could not interfere with the legal right to fish. This new memo explicitly changes that guidance, saying “[n]owhere does the statute indicate that the Secretary is only to prevent interference with the legal right to navigate or fish in an area. It is the Secretary’s job to provide for the prevention of interference with those uses.” In short, it states: (1) That the Secretary must ensure that offshore wind energy projects do not unreasonably interfere with fishing operations; (2) That fishermen’s perspectives are part of what determine whether interference is unreasonable; (3) That such interference is considered on a cumulative instead of project-specific level; and (4) If in question it must err on the side of less interference rather than more.What It Means: This fundamentally shifts the balance of interests toward fishing, a critical provider of food security and low-carbon footprint protein, over offshore wind energy. Under previous guidance the presumption was that wind energy development should take precedence, and proceed in accordance with what developers determined to be optimal, and fishing interests would need to adjust. While a future Administration could revoke or refine the memorandum, it presents a solid legal argument for challenging any such action.What does the future hold?These three recent events create a better opportunity for a future in which the interests of all reasonable users of the seas can coexist.When the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act becomes law, and projects must comply with the Jones Act, this will create a delay in the timeline for construction. It is crucial that the incoming Administration and interested states use that time to invest in science and research to understand—and ultimately minimize—environmental and economic impacts.We need to start collecting robust baseline data immediately in all places where offshore wind projects may be considered in the future.We need to retool our fisheries and protected resource monitoring protocols so important ecological data that forms the basis of fisheries management is not disrupted.We need to understand the environmental impacts that have occurred from rapid large-scale development of offshore wind in places like Europe, which the European Parliament is currently reviewing and finding are largely unknown and possibly much greater than anticipated.We need to understand the variations between the ocean and atmospheric environments of the European installations, and significantly different environments of U.S. federal waters, which are unique and contain some of the most productive and ecologically complex benthic environments in the world.We need to much better understand the economic interactions between the two industries so we can preserve and promote traditional, historic, and sustainable fishing, while also identifying any possible economic opportunities that may arise for fishing communities from offshore wind energy production when it arrives in the future.We need to continue to improve offshore wind energy and other renewable technology, including turbine and cable recycling methods, so that we can thoughtfully and quickly reduce carbon emissions while avoiding serious adverse environmental consequences associated with the large land use and materials needs of current technology.We need to prioritize development of regional transmission systems to minimize the amount of structure that is ultimately placed in the water and on or under the seabed.We need to build better relationships between fishermen, offshore wind energy developers, states, and federal managers so that information is effectively communicated and innovative solutions can be identified.We need to develop decommissioning plans for when offshore wind leases are over that properly mitigate long-term environmental impacts and restore impacted habitats so we don’t create permanent steel graveyards in the ocean.Most importantly, now that we’ve witnessed a project’s plans collapse due to failure to minimize fisheries impacts, we must work together to improve our planning process — as we in the fishing industry have been requesting for over a decade. Fishermen must be at the table and play a meaningful role in project siting and design. Ways to minimize and mitigate impacts must be identified up front and fully incorporated into all project plans. Although a handful of states and developers have made strong efforts to operate this way, it has never been done effectively on the correct spatial scale. In fact, we need to create new public, transparent, and inclusive regional processes that fully incorporate fisheries science and operational knowledge.The need for a new planning process has been recognized by fishing interests and by offshore wind energy advocates. This was most recently clearly stated in a December 11th interview by Jeffrey Grybowski, the former CEO of Deepwater Wind, which was acquired by Ørsted in 2019.“Obviously there are fishing groups in the Northeast that have raised really significant concerns. Those concerns can be addressed, but I also acknowledge they were real concerns. I don’t think anyone is suggesting their concerns should’ve been dismissed and projects just should have been approved.”Mr. Grybowski went on to note that the problems with Vineyard Wind were not due to political bias.“…some have said Vineyard Wind’s permit delays are due to some kind of anti-renewable bias within the administration. I disagree with the idea that — I think that view diminishes the nuance and complexity of what we’re all doing. New lease areas are complicated. There are stakeholders out there in favor of new lease areas. And so to simply blame everything on a political viewpoint understates the nuance and complexity of what we’re trying to do.”The need for change has now been made clear by officials on both sides of the political aisle. Speaking at his annual climate change conference, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) stated“Right from the very get-go, even before the filing … it should be a requirement of the filing to bring a statement of what work you’ve done with the fishing community, what their concerns have been. … Developers shouldn’t just get to go out there, cut a private deal with their funders, their investors, and then put their stamp down in the public ocean as if they owned it.”These recent developments will significantly shift the discourse around offshore wind and fisheries to make sure fishermen’s needs and knowledge are afforded greater priority. Taken together, they offer a significant opportunity to fix the broken offshore wind energy planning process. Regardless of political or industry affiliation, we must now work together to properly balance uses of the ocean commons and maintain sustainable fishing practices.More information and resources may be found by visiting the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance website: read more

Brace’s plans to head south with new plant

first_imgWelsh bakery Brace’s is planning to open a facility outside Wales as it builds its business in the south of England.The plant baker. which currently has two plants in Crumlin, Newport, is looking at potential sites in the south, operations director Jonathan Brace told British Baker.He said Brace’s has seen an 18% growth in sales over the past three years as it expanded into Bristol, Gloucester and the south-west, adding: “We are getting to the point where capacity is filling up and we have to expand. The new plant will be somewhere in the south of England as our main growth is in the south.”Brace’s plans to build the site from new, he said. “There is nothing to buy. Building from new is the best way anyway.”Brace’s second site in Newport, a £9.2m 64,000sq ft automated bakery, which opened in 2005, will be the model for the new site in the south. “We want smaller production units, closer to the point of distribution,” explained Mr Brace.Land has been allocated for the new site, but details of its location and the timescales for the opening are being kept under wraps. Sales and marketing director Scott Richardson told British Baker: “We have to expand because we are doing so well with the retailers. We hope to be in Sainsbury’s stores by Christmas and we are delighted to have just been listed in Waitrose for the first time. We are also talking to Tesco about extending distribution across the whole of the south of England.”Brace’s currently distributes in Wales and the south-west, down to Plymouth and Southampton. It is already listed at major retailers including Morrisons, Asda, Somer-ield and Tesco as well as symbol groups.last_img read more