Delhi Riots- As Per CDR Details He Was Not Even In The Vicinity Of Violence Affected Area : Delhi HC Grants Bail To Riots Accused

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi Riots- As Per CDR Details He Was Not Even In The Vicinity Of Violence Affected Area : Delhi HC Grants Bail To Riots Accused Sparsh Upadhyay16 Feb 2021 7:08 AMShare This – x”It seems from the CDR details of the petitioner that on the date of the incident, i.e. 24th February 2020, he was not even in the vicinity of the violence affected area i.e. Main Wazirabad Road.” : Delhi HCNoting that as per the CDR details of the petitioner, he was not even in the vicinity of the violence-affected area on the date of the incident, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday (16th February) granted Regular Bail to a Cab Driver named Mohd. Danish. The Bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait was hearing Regular Bail application file by Mohd. Danish in connection with an FIR…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?LoginNoting that as per the CDR details of the petitioner, he was not even in the vicinity of the violence-affected area on the date of the incident, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday (16th February) granted Regular Bail to a Cab Driver named Mohd. Danish. The Bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait was hearing Regular Bail application file by Mohd. Danish in connection with an FIR registered against him various serious offences punishable under IPC r/w Sections 3 & 4 PDPP Act and 25/27 Arms Act. Averments in the Bail plea On 24th February (the date of the incident) the petitioner stayed at maternal aunt’s/elder sister’s place at Chandbagh area (in Karawal Nagar, Delhi) and on 25th February, around 6:00 am in the morning, petitioner returned to his residence where his parents were residing, i.e. Loni Ghaziabad, UP. However, on 10th March 2020, the petitioner got a call from one lady customer asking for petitioner’s cab on monthly basis. Accordingly, the petitioner left his residence at Loni to reach at the customer’s location and while the petitioner was en-route, he was confronted by Nandnagri Police Personnel and was brought to Nandnagri Police Station and thereafter, he was taken to Crime Branch, Lodhi Road. It was argued by Senior Counsel, Salman Khurshid who appeared for the petitioner that the alleged statements given to the police personnel suffered from gross illegalities and patently in violation of Sections 161 and 162 of the Cr.P.C. Besides that, the statements are absolutely photocycle in nature, and that the Petitioner did not know any of the co-accused either. Therefore, it was stated that the alleged statements appear to be fabricated and copied, hence, inadmissible as per law. It was also contended that as per CDRs records, there is no outgoing or incoming Call/SMS from the mobile number of the petitioner to any of the co-accused numbers. Moreover, it was also submitted that the location as per CDRs is 200-250 meters away from the place of incident i.e. Main Wazirabad Road Near Chandbagh area. Prosecution’s case It was argued that the Petitioner is a resident of Loni, Ghaziabad, however, on 23rd February and 24th February and at the time of the incident, his location was at Chandbagh at the place of the incident as per call detail records. It was also contended that the Petitioner was actively involved in riots and was identified by the witnesses Ct. Sunil and Ct. Gyan of PS Dayalpur. Their statements in this regard have been recorded u/s 161 Cr.P.C. Further, it was argued that It is a case of the murder of one public servant while performing his official duties, the petitioner actively participated in the riots and as a part of unlawful assembly, the petitioner is responsible for the act too. Court’s observations The Court analyzed the CDR records of the petitioner and observed, “It seems from the CDR details of the petitioner that on the date of incident, i.e. 24th February 2020, he was not even in the vicinity of the violence affected area i.e. Main Wazirabad Road.” The court also noted that there is no CDR entry which can possibly show any call record between the people disclosing the petitioner’s name and the petitioner and that there is no CCTV footage or viral video to implicate the petitioner. The Court also observed that the initial statements under Section 161 Cr.P.C. of beat Const. Gyan and Const. Sunil dated 27th February 2020 do not name petitioner and much later, after a span of twelve days in their supplementary statement, dated 10th March 2020, the name of petitioner appears. Lastly, taking into account the facts of the case, the fact that charge-sheet has already been file, that the petitioner is no more required for investigation and that the trial of the case shall take substantial time, the Court was of the view that the petitioner deserved bail. Accordingly, he was directed to be released on bail on his furnishing a personal bond in the sum of Rs.20,000/- and with one surety in the like amount to the satisfaction of the Trial Court.Case title – Mohd. Danish v. State (NCT Of Delhi) [BAIL. APPLN.3550/2020]Click Here To Download JudgmentRead JudgmentSubscribe 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

Kiss Her, She’s (Playing) Irish! Outside Mullingar’s Debra Messing Reveals How Megan, Bernadette & Annie Led Her to B’way

first_img Can we talk about the scarves? Oh, the scarves! I thought it was funny that people were so focused on it. I actually endorsed the wearing of it. I thought it was authentic. She’s a creative woman living in Brooklyn. You know, you wear layers! It made sense to me because she’s a mom and it’s practical. So [the online chatter about the costumes] didn’t bother me, but I guess at some point it bothered the network because when the second season came back, they said no more scarves. Did Smash make you want to come to Broadway? There’s no question Smash whet my appetite. To get to sit there behind a table and watch the likes of Bernadette Peters and Megan Hilty singing their faces off—it was a thrill for me every single day. I definitely think it paved the way for me to have the courage to say, “OK, I’m ready to try and take a stab at being back on stage after all of these years.” See Messing in Outside Mullingar, opening January 23 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Star Files She’s got an Emmy, acclaim for her eight years as the unsinkable Grace Adler on Will & Grace, the devotion of theater people everywhere for her role as lyricist Julia Houston on Smash and a swell Broadway beau. What else does Debra Messing need? How about a chance to show off her acting chops and impeccable comic timing in her Broadway debut as the lovelorn Rosemary in John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar. The actress chatted with Broadway.com about finding her inner lass, going bananas for Annie and the deal with the schmattas. Can you pinpoint when you knew you wanted to be a performer? When I saw Andrea McArdle in Annie on Broadway when I was a kid. I nearly jumped out of my seat. I remember turning to my parents and saying, “I want to do that.” It never wavered. It was always, “ I want to do theater! I want to be a working actor.” That was my prayer and my goal. Theater is my first and abiding love. What’s a nice Jewish girl like you doing in Ireland? Doing her best to pretend she’s an Irish lass who’s a farmer. I would be lying if I didn’t say that it put a lot of anxiety in me that everyone in the cast is Irish—except me—including the playwright, the director and the designers. I mean everybody is Irish. You posted a picture on Instagram of how close the front row is. Very close! You know what I didn’t realize is that even though it’s close, you really can’t see people’s faces very well because the lights are so strong during curtain call. I had assumed that when you came out to bow, you’d be able to see everybody. Even though you can’t see everyone, you can certainly feel the love. What else surprised you about Broadway? It’s been 15 years since I’ve done a play—the last one was Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories at Manhattan Theatre Club—and going out on stage in front of the first audience, as adrenaline-filled and nervous as I was, it felt like coming home. It was surprising and wonderful to feel happy and comfortable back on the stage. Debra Messing At least you already had the red hair. Yes. Check. We have to talk about Smash. I love Smash! You are the last of the four Will & Grace leads to come to Broadway. Have you been in contact with them [Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally] about it? Eric wrote me the day of my first preview. He was just wonderful telling me I’d “kill it.” I wrote back, “You’re an old pro, but it’s my first time and I’m just trying to breathe.” He’s going to come out here and see it at some point. He’s been so great about it. People who expect to see Grace Adler in Outside Mullingar are going to find a quirky, yearning Irish woman instead. When I read this play, I had never encountered characters like this. Ever. There’s something incredibly original and unique about them. They’re very quirky, but they’re also honest and pure and passionate. There’s no cynicism. John Shanley creates a language of his own every time he writes a new play, and I was just drawn in and mesmerized by his lyricism and poetry. And yet it’s not a sentimental piece. You feel like it’s going to be one thing, and it ends up being something else. Outside Mullingar This is a reunion for you and John Patrick Shanley. What do you remember from the first time you worked with him [in Four Dogs and a Bone 20 years ago]? It was very heady. When I was in acting school and studying theater in college, we studied John Patrick Shanley’s plays as part of our curriculum. I remember walking in and meeting him when I was cast as the understudy in Four Dogs and a Bone. I couldn’t speak at first. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that I had just graduated from NYU and my first job in New York, there I was, working with him on a new play. He validated me; he chose me. He saw something in me. It was an incredibly important moment for me. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 16, 2014 With that in mind, how did you feel about stepping on a Broadway stage for the first time? The first time I walked on the stage was before our set was even brought in. I walked on stage, and I was breathless. Tears came to my eyes. I just stood there and looked out at this beautiful theater that was illuminated. It’s a particularly beautiful, comforting space. Standing on that stage and looking out—that moment that I had always dreamt about was happening. It was very emotional for me. View Comments What makes you the most anxious? I felt a bit of trepidation and nerves primarily about the accent. Brian O’Byrne was born right down the street from Mullingar. I am also a huge fan of his, so there’s that on top of everything else. I just want to blend in in the best possible way and to be in the same world as everyone else on stage dialect-wise.last_img read more

SHOCKING:King Faisal net Gh6.00 gate proceeds for match against Heart of Lions

first_imgThe misery of Ghana Premier league side King Faisal Football Club  this season seems not to be only with the team’s current poor form but also the low patronage of fans to the team’s home matches at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.Bankroller and President of the Club  Alhaji Grunsah ,revealed  this to Nhyira Power Sports confirming the club bagged  home  a total  of  Gh6.00 after deductions from the National Sports Authority ( NSA) in their match Day 2 fixture against Kpando Heart of Lions at the Baba Yara Stadium.The experienced football administrator made the startling revelation when host of Nhyira Power Sports Delali Atiase questioned if he was content with attendance to King Faisal’s home matches this season.Grunsah said the team‘s Public Relations outfit had exhausted all avenues to draw Kumasi football fans to watch its matches.He sounded dejected by the current development, saying it now looks extremely difficult to attract the fans to the stadium.“There is nothing else I can do at the moment. We have done all we can to bring people to our matches but the response is just too bad.“Can you imagine we had a net of Ghc 6.00 from the gate proceeds in our game against Kpando Heart of Lions last week? One blue note and one red note,” he quizzed, apparently referring to 5 and one Ghana cedi notes”.He added. King Fiasal after match day five in the Ghana  Premier League are placed 12th on the league table with 5points.last_img read more

Margibi District Education Officer, What Happened to the Compassionate Question, “How Can I Help…

first_imgMargibi District Education Officer Marcia Edwards was frank in her letter to the Founder and CEO of Dolo Town’s New Hope Mission International which, since 2008, has provided free education to 900 impoverished children.In her letter to New Hope Mission’s CEO, Reverend Louise Reeves, DEO Edwards promptly announced that, having been informed by New Hope’s teachers that they had not been paid, she was closing down the school.That action has suddenly interrupted the education of 900 students, who have attended the school since 2008, free of charge! The Liberian civil war drove Rev. Louise Reeves and a million more Liberians into exile. But she returned home in 2008 to help Liberia’s needy children, so many of whom were left impoverished by the war. With the generous goodwill of some of her friends, Rev. Reeves opened the school to give these children an absolutely free opportunity to attend school.But Ebola, which devastated Liberia’s economy, overturned the fortunes of most Liberians, including New Hope School’s benefactors. Faced with financial difficulties, Rev. Reeves became unable to pay her teachers.For a while, they understood her plight and continued teaching. But they, too, it must be admitted, have families to feed and eventually they expressed their anxiety to the Margibi DEO.It is a sad commentary on Liberia’s education authorities that, instead of asking Rev. Reeves “How can I help you?” DEO Edwards proceeded to close down the school.As this newspaper, the Daily Observer, has often asked, what are governments for, if not to help their people, especially the most vulnerable—the destitute children who cannot help themselves? Here is a young pastor who, purely out of compassion for Liberia’s destitute children, most of them orphaned by the war, has in compassion reached out to them, assisted by other caring Liberians. Now, through no fault of her own, but the country’s economic difficulties, the government has taken this drastic action against her and 900 beleaguered children, by closing down the school. You mean the Minister of Education (MOE), George Werner, for the sake of these poor children, could truly do nothing to help Rev. Reeves keep the school open? Has MOE truly no emergency funds that could save this school, even temporarily? What of the Minister’s power and influence? Could he not have gone to the President, the Vice President and others in government and society to solicit their help?Has this government truly no compassion for its people?This is indeed the distinct message that the Margibi DEO Marcia Edwards seems to have proclaimed to the Liberian people and the world—that she and her government have no compassion for their people, not even the destitute children, most of whose parents are gone, or cannot afford to send them to school.This lack of compassion, this uncaring attitude, this total neglect of what Jesus called “the least of these, my brethren,” buttressed by bureaucracy, is classic testimony to the government’s own admission that Liberia’s education “is in a mess.”But for how long can the people wait for relief? How long can they wait to see their children afforded one of most basic of human rights—an education?President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently, with glowing pride, spoke about her grandnephew, Estrada Bernard, the teenager who flew from Alaska, United States of America in mid-March, 2014 to participate in a conference organized by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL). “He has just been admitted as a freshman into Stanford University!” the President said. And, she added, “Because of the way the Liberian media treated him, he’s not coming back here.” Estrada the younger, grandson of the President’s sister Jennie and brother-in-law Cllr. Estrada Bernard, was turned off by the public reaction to his appearance at the conference because the President’s son Robert, NOCAL Chair at the time, and his colleagues in the company, could find no other Liberian youth than his cousin to address the conference. At absolutely no fault to young Bernard, that action was interpreted by the public as a brazen act of nepotism on the part of the Ellen government. And because the public questioned their insensitive government, the President said of her grandnephew, “He’s not coming back here.” We hope that young Bernard will find reason to recognize that though by birth he is a US citizen, he still is a Liberian and will someday return to do something for the land of his fathers and mothers. Finally, we appeal to Minister Werner to call Rev. Reeves and ask her, “How can we help you and, by extension, other people’s 900 or more children whom you’re trying sacrificially to help?”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brit sailors go home as questions abound; Blair links Iran, Iraq

first_imgBoarding two helicopters, they left for their base in Devon, where they were to be debriefed and to undergo medical and psychological checkups, said Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, the chief of the defense staff. Seized March 23 while conducting a routine operation in the disputed Shatt al-Arab waterway, just north of the Persian Gulf, the captives were repeatedly displayed on Iranian state television, sometimes looking relaxed and smiling. In several cases, they confessed to and apologized for having trespassed on Iranian territorial waters. The images were jarring, verging on the bizarre. At one point, they lined up for handshakes and chats with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The latest footage showed the detainees sipping cups of tea, accepting goody bags of gifts and answering questions from Iranian journalists about things like whether Iran reminded them of Wales. Several appeared to go out of their way to thank the Iranians for releasing them. “The treatment has been great,” Turney said. “Thank you for letting us go. We apologize for our actions.” Des Browne, the defense secretary, told the BBC that the captives “have acted with immense courage and dignity during the time that they have been detained and indeed presented before the media of the world.” Meanwhile, discussing relations with Iran, Blair’s tone was grim. Referring to the announcement that four British soldiers were killed on Wednesday in Basra, Iraq, when a roadside bomb struck their armored personnel carrier, Blair pointedly said he was not holding Iran responsible. But he repeated charges that Iran has been linked to terrorism inside Iraq. Blair reiterated the government’s assertion that Britain had traded nothing for the detainees’ freedom. Throughout what became a diplomatic stalemate, Britain maintained that the sailors and marines were sailing in Iraqi water on U.N.-mandated business. Iran contended that they had been trespassing on Iranian waterways and demanded that Britain apologize and never do it again – an apology Britain does not appear to have made, at least publicly. The focus is now on the detainees. How, analysts are asking, did they come to be so vulnerable in a waterway they knew was disputed, at a time when the Iranians have been particularly jumpy? And were they coerced into confessing or did they speak voluntarily?160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – The 15 British marines and sailors held captive in Iran for nearly two weeks arrived back home Thursday. But Britain’s relief at their safe return was tarnished by questions about how they behaved during their detention and why they had been captured in the first place. At the same time, Prime Minister Tony Blair abandoned the careful, diplomatic language he had used during the crisis. On Thursday, with the captives safely en route to Britain, his tone became tough, almost antagonistic, as he spoke of possible links between Iran and terrorism in Iraq. The homecoming was carefully choreographed. On Wednesday, before their release, the seven marines and eight sailors were shown on television wearing outfits issued by the Iranian regime – ill-fitting business suits for the men, and a headscarf-and-trousers ensemble for the lone woman, Leading Seaman Faye Turney. But when they arrived at Heathrow airport on Thursday, they were dressed in military uniforms flown in from Britain. last_img read more

Germany’s Bioenergy Villages

first_imgThe notion that a village can produce as much energy as it consumes is not new in Germany, nor is it exclusive to this country that has set aggressive targets for renewable energy use. In the mid-1990s, for example, the Austrian village of Güssing began implementing strategies to use local biomass to produce electricity and heat, and the Danish island community of Samsø installed wind turbines to meet its electrical needs.In recent years, however, the idea of Bioenergiedörfer, or “bioenergy villages,” seems to have captured the public imagination in Germany. Last month I attended a conference called “Bioenergy Villages 2014” that provided a great overview of the bioenergy village movement in Germany. Energy security and affordabilityAlthough bioenergy villages have characteristics in common with one another, they may differ widely in form. As one speaker at the conference put it, “The commonality of bioenergy villages is their broad individuality.” In other words, there is not one prescription for success. Bioenergy villages vary in organizational structure, raw materials used, technology installed, and financing models employed. However, these communities tend to have common goals.The most frequently expressed motivation for developing a bioenergy village is to ensure the future availability and affordability of energy supplies. Second on the list is to keep money in the local economy. A quote that surfaced several times during the conference comes from 19th century German cooperative pioneer Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen: “Das Geld des Dorfes dem Dorfe” — “the village’s money to the village.”While environmental concerns certainly play a role in the development of bioenergy villages, surveys reveal that the potential environmental benefits — particularly with regard to climate change — tend not to be the most compelling motivator for many people. RELATED ARTICLES Germany’s Plus-Energy TownVäxjö, Sweden, is a Model of Sustainability Could we do it here?What lessons do Germany’s bioenergy villages hold for the U.S.? I have been pondering this question with regard to my own community and region. I live in a section of the Connecticut River Valley that was once characterized by thriving manufacturing communities — the so-called Precision Valley. I see similarities between the villages — some of them struggling — in New Hampshire and Vermont with which I am familiar, and many of the rural villages I have seen in Germany — especially those in the former East Germany.The challenges of translating Germany’s success with bioenergy villages to New England are admittedly substantial. Germany’s rural villages tend to be very compact, surrounded by open farmland. Americans like to spread out. Although the German government has not specifically targeted bioenergy villages for financial support, many of the Energiewende’s programs encourage investment in the renewable energy systems on which bioenergy villages are based.Technologies that are common in Germany, such as biogas installations (roughly 8,000 to date), village-scale cogeneration plants, and district heating systems, have not been widely implemented in the U.S. Lower retail electricity prices in the U.S. make cogeneration potentially less attractive, and the availability of natural gas has undoubtedly hampered development of the biogas industry.Culturally, Germans generally seem to value consensus and cooperative action more than we do in the U.S. This cultural bias can be seen in the realm of national politics as well as in local communities.Despite the differences between Germany and the U.S. in the geographic, political, technological, and cultural landscapes, the fundamental lesson that I take from Germany’s bioenergy village movement is that success is possible, and even likely, given sufficient commitment from residents. The details of historic New England villages becoming net positive producers of energy will undoubtedly differ from those of Germany’s Bioenergiedörfer, but the compelling benefits will be similar. Every year, thousands of visitors descend on Jühnde to be educated and inspired. These days the town produces over twice as much electricity as it consumes. The citizens are now participating in an electro-mobility pilot project that is exploring ways to use the excess power to serve local transportation needs.The examples of Jühnde and other early adopters of the bioenergy village concept have encouraged communities throughout Germany to pursue similar strategies. During the past nine years, the knowledge base to support the development of bioenergy villages has grown rapidly. The local and region-wide economic benefits of these villages have also been well documented. There are currently about 150 communities in Germany that are officially registered as bioenergy villages. Hundreds more are in the planning phases. ARTICLES BY ANDREW DEY A Construction Trade Fair in GermanyVisiting a District Heating Plant in AustriaA Visit to a German Home CenterA German Deep-Energy RetrofitGermany’s Energy RevolutionAn Energy-Efficiency Conference in Germany Coming up with a definition for “bioenergy village”Determining the precise number of bioenergy villages in Germany is difficult because there is not a single, broadly accepted definition of the term, and because communities are developing their capabilities rapidly. On a website called “Toward the Bioenergy Village”, Germany’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture lists the following criteria for bioenergy villages:At least 50% of the community’s energy needs (electricity and heat) are supplied by locally produced bioenergy (typically silage plants and/or wood chips);Local citizens are actively involved in developing the ideas and making the decisions;The biomass used as a resource is owned at least partially by the villagers, and is grown and harvested locally, in a sustainable manner;Other renewable energy sources may supplement the generation of power and heat from biomass;Energy efficiency and energy conservation measures are regularly considered and implemented;Value is created locally, and the benefits extend regionally.A complementary framework for defining bioenergy villages is provided by one of the organizations that sponsored the conference, the Institute for Applied Resource Management. This organization views the development of bioenergy villages in terms of the following five pillars:Electricity production;Heat production;Energy efficiency;Land-use management;Civic engagement. Phased developmentBioenergy villages are typically developed in phases. In its recently published “Guide to the Practical Implementation of Bioenergy Villages” (Bioenergiedörfer: Leitfaden für eine praxisnahe Umsetzung), Germany’s Institute for Renewable Resources (Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe) lists these phases as:Initiation;Preliminary Planning and Groundwork;Detailed Planning and Construction;Operating and Optimizing;Further Development.The initial idea for a bioenergy village may come from individuals, from a group within a village, from an agricultural cooperative, or from a local business. The initiators undertake a preliminary assessment of the energy needs of the community, and the potential for these needs to be served by renewable resources. Local residents are surveyed to gauge their interest in participating, and to clarify their motivations. Ideally during this initial phase, a foundation of trust within the community is recognized and strengthened.Specific questions that are addressed include:Does the village have sufficient biomass potential to sustainably support the production of electricity and heat, without competing for other important needs?Is there strong interest among the residents to be connected to a district heating network?Are there large heat sinks within the community, such as a swimming pool, a school, large town buildings, or industrial facilities that could be integrated into the network?Are infrastructure projects such as street improvements, water/sanitation upgrades, or fiber optic installation being planned that could be combined with the burial of district heating pipes?On what areas should a feasibility study focus, how should the study be funded, and who within the community will oversee that process?center_img Andrew Dey’s background includes carpentry, contracting, and project management. For the past six years he has provided construction consulting services to clients in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. He is passionate about retrofitting existing buildings — including his own house — for greater energy efficiency. His blog is called Snapshots from Berlin. Feasibility studyThe “Detailed Planning and Building” phase typically starts with commissioning a comprehensive feasibility study that forms the basis of ongoing planning. The feasibility study outlines the extent of the heating network and the capacity of the heating plant. It includes financial, technical and environmental parameters such as annual operating costs, ROI, pipe dimensions, transmission losses, cost increases, and CO2-savings. The calculations include an estimate of the cost of the heat to be supplied to buildings on the network.In Germany, such feasibility studies might cost €15,000 to €30,000 ($20,000 to $40,000), and take three to six months to complete. While the feasibility study is underway, financing for the project can be lined up. Based on the feasibility study, agreements are executed with the biomass suppliers, the contractors who will build the energy production and distribution systems, and the consumers of the heat and power. With the appropriate contracts in place, the design and engineering are finalized, and construction can begin.“Operating and Optimizing” a village-scale energy system requires ongoing training of personnel, troubleshooting issues that arise, and adjusting the system for optimal performance. As new buildings are constructed and more resources become available, additional buildings can be connected to the district heating network. Improvements to the efficiency of system components are also made — for example by reducing the heating requirement of buildings in the village, or improving the efficiency of pumps.“Further Development” takes many forms, including the implementation of innovative technologies and programs (process heat for commercial/industrial use, eco-tourism, electro-mobility, etc.), the installation of photovoltaic arrays and wind turbines, the construction of additional biogas generators and cogeneration plants, and region-wide outreach and education. How big an investment is required?Data available from bioenergy villages that have been operating for years are available to help guide these initial discussions. For example, the time-frame required to plan and implement a biogas generation plant coupled with cogeneration and a district heating network is typically two to four years.The initial capital investment for such systems may be between 0.5 and 4 million Euros ($700,000 to $5,500,000). The capital that a village cooperative typically invests is between €50,000 and €500,000 ($70,000 and $700,000). The price that a building owner might pay to connect to the district heating system ranges from €0 to €12,000, with an average cost of about €4,000 ($5,500).Typically between 50% and 80% of the buildings in a village are connected to the district heating network. Heating costs for residents connected to these networks have been ranging from €100 to €400 ($140 to $550) per year. In terms of land-use, between 100 and 500 hectares (between 250 and 1,200 acres) of forest are required when forestry waste is used to fuel a central boiler, and between 50 and 300 hectares (between 125 and 750 acres) of cultivated land can supply a biogas generator with the silage plants that are typically combined with manure. These numbers are wide-ranging because they depend on a variety of factors such as the size of the village, the configuration of the buildings, and the resources available.During the “Preliminary Planning and Groundwork” phase, working groups are typically formed to focus on specific areas such as management, technology, biomass, financing and communications. The working group on management develops models for owning and operating the energy systems, and establishes the appropriate legal entities.The technology working group researches options, visits existing bioenergy installations, and narrows the choice of technologies.The biomass working group confirms with local producers the sustainable supply of biomass, and develops logistics for harvesting, storage and delivery.The financing working group investigates subsidies and grants, contacts local banks, and assesses the potential for direct investment from members of the community.As skillful communication is a cornerstone of successful bioenergy villages, the working group on communications develops and implements a communication plan that encourages participation, emphasizes transparency of process, provides educational resources, and addresses specific concerns of the residents. Allaying local concernsWhile these phases provide a convenient outline for planning the development of a bioenergy village, the reality is not so neat or predictable. Challenges to the process — both legitimate and ill-informed — can arise at every stage. Doubts will be raised about the projected costs, the efficiency and reliability of the installations, the potential environmental impacts, and disruption due to truck traffic.The Bioenergiedörfer movement in Germany has accumulated a wealth of experience to allay these concerns. Additional guidance is provided by studies of bioenergy villages that have identified common factors contributing to success, including:One or more Zugpferde (“draft horses”) — citizens who tirelessly champion the project;A strong sense of community spirit and trust;Clear and frequent communication, and transparent processes;Broad and strong engagement of community members;A comprehensive and reliable feasibility study;Efficient and determined planning and implementation;Relatively low connection costs to the district heating system;Resultant heating costs that are competitive with (or lower than) the status quo.One additional success factor is the ability of bioenergy village residents to see their community as a role model that can instruct and inspire other villages in the region and beyond. Several presenters at the conference suggested that a critical mass of experience and capability is being reached that could significantly accelerate the development of bioenergy villages.However, this optimism was tempered at the conference by pointed references to the government’s current discussions about revising the law that provides financial incentives for renewable energy production — the so-called EEG 2.0. In order to try to curb what many perceive as unsustainable increases in the retail cost of electricity, the government may cut some of these incentives. Biogas installations and cogeneration plants are seen as potential losers in these negotiations. A village that produces twice as much power as it consumesThe first village in Germany to be officially recognized as a bioenergy village was Jühnde, in the state of Lower Saxony. In 2005, a cooperative within this village of 780 inhabitants and 450 cows built a biogas production facility fueled by silage plants and manure. The gas from this plant is burned in a communally owned cogeneration plant that provides electricity and heat to buildings in the village. Eventually a wood chip-fired boiler was added to the district heating system to provide supplemental heat (see Image #2, below). Scaling the conceptAs the number of bioenergy villages in Germany increases, attention is increasingly being paid to scaling these efforts to regions, towns, and cities. The conference presenters showcased a number of towns and cities that have built on the concept of the bioenergy village. These larger communities typically have multiple cogeneration units fueled by biogas and natural gas that provide heat and power to neighborhoods and to complexes of buildings such as hospitals and schools. Photovoltaic arrays and wind turbines often contribute to the supply of locally produced power.In addition to being broadened geographically, the concept of bioenergy villages is being recognized as having diverse demographic benefits. I was struck at this conference, as I have been at others here in Germany, by the way in which themes relating to social justice are brought into discussions about renewable energy and energy efficiency. (Any American who thinks that Obama is a socialist should try living in Europe for a while).Like many other countries, Germany is seeing a general migration of young people from rural to urban areas. By creating jobs and fostering innovation, bioenergy villages provide opportunities for rural youth. The conference presentations highlighted numerous examples of villages that have been re-energized and re-capitalized through their own efforts.At the other end of the demographic spectrum, retirees in these villages are often living on fixed incomes that have been outpaced by increases in the cost of electricity and heat. Stabilizing the cost of utilities is particularly helpful to the elderly and the poor, who spend a relatively high proportion of their income on these basic necessities.While the measurable benefits of bioenergy villages are well-documented, a less tangible but oft-mentioned outcome is the sense of empowerment that is shared by the villagers. Communities take pride in creating their own electricity and heat, in reducing Germany’s dependence on foreign energy suppliers (read: Russia, lately), and in helping to achieve the goals of the country’s ambitious Energiewende, or Energy Transition.last_img read more

Castro takes charge in final seconds to save Gilas

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES Gilas draws much-needed spark from youthful Ravena John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The two-time recipient of the Best Point Guard in Asia award said his stature as one of the Philippines’ veterans in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers entails the responsibility of hitting the clutch baskets for Gilas.And he did just that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCastro sank the final field goal of the game in the Philippines’ 89-84 escape against Japan Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Castro returns, rescues Gilas in close win over Japan Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “As a veteran, in those types of situations, you have to take it upon yourself to execute the plays that your team needs the most,” said Castro in Filipino. “When that moment comes, and you’re the veteran, you have to take it.”The Philippines held a comfortable 81-68 lead at the 5:54 mark of the fourth quarter, but Akatsuki 5 slowly trimmed away at the deficit and Daiki Tanaka capped off Japan’s 16-5 run with a layup that made it, 86-84, with 31 seconds remaining.That, however, was Akatsuki 5’s last glimmer of hope as Castro eventually worked his magic.Castro had June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, and Kiefer Ravena on the floor with him when he took dagger that he drove through Japan’s collective heart.“I’m the veteran there on the floor and it’s my responsibility to bring us to the victory,” said Castro who finished with eight points and three assists in 15 minutes of play.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving If Jayson Castro is to be believed, veterans should be able to step up in pressure situations and execute the big time plays.ADVERTISEMENT In front of Castro was Japan’s captain Ryusei Shinoyama. He then drove hard to his right and threw up a looper that not even the athletic Ira Brown could reach before it hit the glass with the softest of kisses for an 88-84 Gilas lead with 10.6 seconds left.“I knew I had the advantage on that match up,” said Castro who has represented the Philippines since 2007. “Miss or make, that was the only shot we’ve got, luckily, it went in.” Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View commentslast_img read more

Mohammad Asif regrets role in spot-fixing scandal but accuses PCB of double standards

first_imgPakistani pacer Mohammad Asif has openly said that he regrets his spot-fixing scandal seven years ago and affirmed his readiness for playing international cricket but hit out at Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and accused them of duality towards players.Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Amir and then captain Salman Butt were all caught in a spot-fixing scandal on tape during the fourth Test at Lords against England in 2010 and were banned from the game for five-years.Since their completion of the ban period and availability for international cricket, Mohammad Amir has made a stupendous return to the Pakistan national team but Asif and Butt are still struggling to make a comeback.Asif asserted that he has sincerely done everything required under ICC anti-corruption code but it is the PCB that has turned a blind eye to all his efforts.”What I did seven years back was wrong and I regret it. I have served my full punishment and done all that was required of me under the ICC anti-corruption code.”However, not once has anyone in the board or National Cricket Academy bothered to even call me and check about my fitness or form,” Asif said in an interview on Friday.Asif has from time to time produced impressive spells post his five-year ban. Last year, in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy day and night final, his spell with the new ball set up Wapda on the road to victory.This season he has come up with some smart spells including six wickets in one session during a Quaid Trophy game against a strong KRL side.advertisement”I have performed in two seasons and I am fit. I am ready to take any fitness test or undergo intensive training. But the board appears to have double standards,” Asif said.”They can allow Mohammad Amir back into the Pakistan team without any notable comeback performances and support him but for me or Salman Butt, they do not want to touch us and give us another chance in the national team even though we have done well,” he complained.The pacer feels that the PCB needs to have a clear and uniform policy regarding tainted players.”You can not treat players differently. I do not want to go into details but all three of us were equally responsible for what happened seven years back in England,” he said.Since his return to cricket after serving the ban period, Butt has led Wapda to the Quaid Trophy title and also set them up to defend their title this season as well.He is also frustrated that despite reforming himself and proving his fitness and form even in camps, he is not being considered for a comeback to the national side.”Only God knows if I will ever get a chance to play for my country again. But I will keep doing what I am doing. Rest is up to the board and selectors as cricket is my bread and butter,” Butt said.Insiders in the PCB and those close to the selectors say they know Asif is still a top bowler but given his background and his attitude even after the spot-fixing scandal, they are reluctant to trust him again.Asif has seen and done it all. He has outfoxed the world’s best batsmen including Kevin Pietersen, Virender Sehwag, Andrew Strauss, Jacques Kallis and more. He claimed 106 wickets in only 23 Tests.However, he was regularly involved in scandals including being caught at the Dubai airport with possession of illegal drugs, a notorious affair with a top actress and a failed dope test.”You never know with Asif what might happen next. And now we have lot of pace options and he has got on with age,” a source close to the selectors said.But Asif, who turns 35 this month, hit back by challenging the selectors to test his skills out with the current crop of pace bowlers.”I still remain the best new ball bowler in Pakistan cricket. I have been praised for my bowling skills by the best in cricket. I know the art of using the new ball,” he said.(Courtesy: PTI)last_img read more

South Australian 15’s Girls Feature On ‘Totally Wild’

first_imgThe episode, which was filmed at City Touch late last year, was shown on Channel 10 on Friday, 1 April. The Heat side finished in third place at the 2010 School Sport Australia Touch Tournament. Touch Football South Australia would like to acknowledge 15’s Girls coach Matthew Schinckel for his efforts in securing this feature.To view the story, please click on the following link:http://ten.com.au/video-player.htm?movideo_p=41457&movideo_m=97041last_img

2012 Trans Tasman Highlights

first_imgThe video shows highlights from Australia’s three wins on day three of the series and is a taste of what we can expect to see in the final product. To view this clip as well as highlights from each day of the series, please visit the TFA YouTube channel:www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Stay tuned to the website for more information and announcements about the professional filming of this series.last_img