U.K. looks to boost offshore wind capacity to 30GW by 2030

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Britain plans to generate a third of its electricity from offshore wind farms by 2030 and boost the value of exports of offshore wind services and equipment to 2.6 billion pounds ($3.4 billion) a year, the government said on Thursday.Britain, which aims to lift industrial productivity as it leaves the European Union, is the world’s biggest offshore wind market with almost 40 percent of global capacity. On and offshore wind turbines met 17 percent of UK power needs in 2018.Britain now has total installed wind power capacity of 20 gigawatts (GW), with offshore wind farms accounting for 8 GW. Offshore capacity will reach 30 GW by 2030 under the plan.The country also hosts the world’s largest wind farm, Orsted’s 659 megawatt (MW) Walney Extension project, with 87 turbines, some of which can generate 8.25 MW each.Britain aims to close coal-fired power stations by 2025, as it seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The failure of some nuclear power plans has also encouraged the focus on offshore wind to fill the potential power gap.More: Britain targets a third of electricity from offshore wind by 2030 U.K. looks to boost offshore wind capacity to 30GW by 2030last_img read more

Rulebook on the annual lump sum of tourist membership fees has been published

first_imgLAW ON CATERING ACTIVITY ( (Official Gazette 85/15, 121/16, 99/18, 25/19 and 98/19) This Ordinance prescribes the amount of membership fee for each bed in the room, apartment and holiday home, for each accommodation unit in the camp and rest area and for Robinson accommodation facilities paid by natural persons providing catering services in the household or on the family farm, form and content of the Tourist Form submitted by legal and natural persons performing economic activity, form and content of the Tourist Form submitted by persons providing catering services in the household or on a family farm, and the method of submitting data on the basis for calculating membership fees. As these are important laws for tourism, we bring you a consolidated text of the three laws attached.  LAW ON PROVISION OF SERVICES IN TOURISM (Official Gazette 130/17, 25/19 and 98/19) NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS / Ordinance on the annual lump sum membership fee for persons providing catering services in the household and on the family farm and on the forms of the Tourist Board for the payment of membership fees to the tourist board As of January 01, 2020, the new Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism and the Law on Hospitality came into force, as well as Ordinance on the annual lump sum of tourist membership fees. Law on the provision of services in tourism regulates services in tourism, the manner and conditions for the provision of these services, the contract of travel in a package deal and the contract on a related travel arrangement, and the rights and obligations of the trader and passengers in relation to these contracts, while Law on Catering Activity regulates the manner and conditions under which legal and natural persons may perform catering activities.last_img read more

‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market

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Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to buy your first home01:21A NEW report has highlighted the resilience of the Townsville property market during COVID-19, with sales volumes and buyer confidence remaining high.At the ‘start of recovery’, the Townsville residential property market continues to see stronglevels of activity with sale volumes trending higher and general market sentiment remaining positive, according to the Herron Todd White (HTW) Month in Review report for September.“House sale volumes started strongly in 2020 before dipping in late March and early April with the onset of COVID-19 restrictions,” the report said. “By May, sale volumes had regained momentum and have continued to consolidate on the strong start to 2020.” >>>MORE NEWS: HOGS BREATH FOUNDER SELLS WHITSUNDAY MANSION >>>SOUTHERN BUYERS ARE TURNING TO COVID-FREE NQ Herron Todd White North Queensland managing director Darren Robins said Townsville was now seeing sales taking place across all suburbs more consistently, with much less focusthan before on the central (4810 postcode) suburbs.“Anecdotal evidence suggests that the residential land market has seen a surge in activity on the back of the homeowner grants with land in a wide range of locations and price points seeing activity,” he said. Herron Todd White North Queensland managing director Darren Robins. Picture: Evan MorganMaster Builders North Queensland regional manager Emma Peters said there had been a “giant surge in land sales” following the announcement of the Federal Government’s $25,000 HomeBuilder grant.The financial boost is on top of Queensland’s $15,000 first homeowner grant and the $5000 regional home building boost, meaning first home buyers could be eligible for up to $45,000 in grants to help buy their first home. Masters Builders Regional Manager Emma Peters on site at Eden Park’s new estateMs Peters said the number of people going through display villages soon after HomeBuilder was announced had “exploded”, with one developer reporting a 980 per cent increase in the number of land sales.“We were coming off a low base though as residential construction had been very low for several years,” she said.“And these (current) house and land sales are subject to finance, with buyers awaiting approval for the HomeBuilder grant.“Hopefully that (approvals process) doesn’t drag on because we are pleased to see the residential sector booming.“That has a flow on effect to the whole construction and associated industries … and the local economy.”Ms Peters said it was still too early to tell whether the boom in sales was being driven by interstate buyers, but many developers were reporting significant uptake by locals. >>>TOWNSVILLE TO COME OUT ON TOP: PROPERTY EXPERTScenter_img Lifestyle is a big drawcard. Picture: Evan MorganElements NQ has two developments under construction — The Orchard at Jensen and Riverstone in the Upper Ross – and another three projects in the planning phase.Elements NQ sales manager Paul Fontinos said sales were up 400 to 500 per cent, albeit off a “low base”.He said the grants had “absolutely worked” to stimulate the construction sector, prompting buyers who may have waited a few more years to buy to take the leap early.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202002:12The suburbs posting median sales price increases despite Covid2 Sep 2020“It was instantaneous,” he said, warning that there was already signs of a skills shortage in the region.“There are builders who are so busy they are already saying they can’t take on any more work this year,” he said.But Mr Fontinos said the boom in new home and land sales had huge benefits for the local economy.“People think it is just the builder, the tiler who benefits, but people go out and buy rugs, couches, pets, turf, irrigation,” he said.“It is the engineers, the town planners, valuers, banks. It stimulates so much growth and employment, directly and indirectly.”The REA Market Trends report for August shows that the suburb where the most houses changed hands over the past 12 months was Kirwan, with 256 houses sold in the past 12 months.Bushland Beach and Kelso round out the top three suburbs, recording 132 and 118 sales respectively.Other top performers can be found in suburbs where house and land packages are being snapped up by first home buyers and upgraders, including Mount Louisa (113 sales), Burdell (84), Mount Low (60) and Bohle Plains (52). Maidment Group’s Harris Crossing development SUPPLIEDNew estates include Maidment’s Sanctum in Mount Low and Harris Crossing at Bohle Plains, Urbex’s residential estate Kalynda Chase, also at Bohle Plains, Mendi Group’s Summerset Estate at Mount Louisa, Markwell Groups Pinnacle Views at Kelso and Stockland’s North Shore community at Burdell. Managing director of Mendi Group, Jeff Doyle at the site of a new residential development in Mount Louisa, Summerset Estate. PICTURE: MATT TAYLOR.last_img read more

South Haven school district calling school three days early due to lack of money

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Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down guest · 275 weeks ago I guess I would wonder why any school district wouldn’t let school out early if you could save a buck? A dollar is a dollar, unless you have the mentality of there is no end of money or you have room to raise your mill. Report Reply 2 replies · active 275 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 275 weeks ago Another option is to close the schools completely, fire all staff, and use the school facilities for livestock. Our kids would be dumb, but we would save a lot of money on taxes. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Deanne · 275 weeks ago That is rather snarkey Cueball, then you took it to the extreme, he never said to close schools completely. If they ran schools & government entities like a business they would come up with a lot of money saving ideas, but there is not a snowballs chance in hell that will ever be the case. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down another idea · 275 weeks ago A way to save a lot of money in schools would be to eliminate all the extra curricular activities – think of that, no money for coaches, no travel expenses, no equipment to purchase, no liability insurance to pay for broken arms. Of course, that would mean the entire purpose of school would be academic, and that would not have a snowball’s chance in hell to ever happen either. Report Reply 1 reply · active 275 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 275 weeks ago BLASPHEMY! Report Reply -2 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 275 weeks ago The whole education system needs to be over hauled. It’s way out dated and over funded. Just another wasteful guberment funded project with the mentality of throw more money at it to fix it. Report Reply 1 reply · active 275 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan · 275 weeks ago Education is overfunded. Classic Brownback. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 275 weeks ago Shut it down for good, and bus them to Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 275 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Getting schooled · 275 weeks ago what is the average bus in for the county, state anyways. Report Reply 1 reply · active 275 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Jethrow · 275 weeks ago Average bus is a big yellow one Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — South Haven school students will have an extended summer vacation courtesy of the Kansas State Legislature.The South Haven school board voted to finish off the school year on Friday, May 15 instead of the Wednesday, May 20 as originally scheduled resulting in the elimination of three full days of classes.South Haven Superintendent John Showman said the school district will save $4,000 in general expenses not counting utilities because of the move.USD 509 is one of the eight Kansas school districts announcing that summer break is coming early in an effort to help plug an ever-widening hole in the their budget. Showman said South Haven school district expects to lose $41,000 in state aid this year due to recent education cuts from S.B. 7 – the flexible block grant bill that eliminated the current state funding formula in March. That constitutes 1.6 percent of South Haven’s combined $2.5 million budget from the general fund, the capital outlay and local option budget.While Showman acknowledges cutting three class days will hardly put a dent in the USD 509 budgetary pitfalls, he said it is one of the few options the school district has to cut.“What many people fail to understand is some of these expenses are already set in stone,” Showman said. “For example, there is nothing we can do about the salary of certified teachers which have already been contracted.”So the South Haven school board has been looking at other avenues for a way to make up for expected lost funds for this year. For example, the school district is also cutting $10,000 out of its technology budget. Other lost money will come out of its LOB fund.Showman said the hope is USD 509 can prevent the draining of money out of its contingency fund which the school district had hoped to purchase vehicles and other equipment.“Our newest vehicle is seven years old,” Showman said. “The last time we bought a bus was in 2007. We used to be able to change out our vehicles on a two to three year rotation. But we haven’t been able to so lately.”He said the last fully funded USD 509 budget was in 2008-09.So far South Haven is the lone Sumner County school closing early. Caldwell school superintendent Alan Jamison said his school district won’t be calling school early. No other school district in Sumner County has made similar statements.Showman said South Haven will still have the required number of school days for 2014-15 as mandated by the state.“We didn’t have any snow days this year, so that allowed us to use those days at the end of the year,” Showman said.While the other six county school districts aren’t ending the school year early this year, there is no doubt every one of them will be scrambling to make up for lost revenue in the next few years as state revenue continues to fall short of revenue projections. The latest estimates leave the state with a $422 million shortfall for the fiscal year beginning in July 1 with a projected $600 million shortfall in the year after.“We are a lot like Wellington in that we are not a wealthy school district,” Showman said. “There is barely any fat to cut right now. Unless you are in Johnson County or have high valuations in western Kansas, you don’t have any money to work with.”Showman said it is likely that South Haven will have to raise its LOB in the coming years to make up for the loss of state aid. In other words, local property taxpayers will be footing the bill.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more