Simon Geschke, Germany, Team Argos-Shimano, 3 hours, 8 minutes, 44 seconds behind. 161. Jurgen Roelandts, Belgium, Lotto — Belisol Team, 3 hours, 9 minutes, 6 seconds behind. 162. David Millar, Scotland, Garmin — Sharp, 3 hours, 9 minutes, 27 seconds behind. 163. Jonathan Hivert, France, Sojasun, 3 hours, 10 minutes, 23 seconds behind. 164. Jean Marc Marino, France, Sojasun, 3 hours, 10 minutes, 23 seconds behind. 165. Dmitriy Muravyev, Kazakhstan, Astana Pro Team, 3 hours, 10 minutes, 23 seconds behind. 166. Jesus Hernandez Blazquez, Spain, Team Saxo-Tinkoff, 3 hours, 10 minutes, 23 seconds behind.
Hundreds of students gathered on Saturday in northern Paris to call for Interior Minister Manuel Valls to resign. Hollande’s gesture toward Dibrani, who said from Kosovo on Saturday she would not return without her family, appeared to be designed to show clemency without undermining his interior minister or offering fodder to a burgeoning far-right movement. Frustration over illegal migration and Roma camps on the outskirts of French cities has bolstered support for the far-right National Front party ahead of municipal and European elections next year, putting Hollande in a delicate position. The Socialist leader defended the deportation as legally sound because the Dibranis had exhausted all recourse for political asylum in France but said the decision was based on the need to take her “human situation” into account. “She will be welcomed back, and her alone,” Hollande said in a recorded message from his office. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault had told parliament on Wednesday that Dibrani, who is of Roma descent, would be readmitted to France if it was found that police had broken the rules by arresting her on school property. Hollande, citing a 24-page investigation into the school bus incident from the Interior Ministry, said police had broken no rules during Dibrani’s removal but that guidelines limiting police action on school property needed to be reinforced. Dibrani, speaking from the Kosovo city of Mitrovica, said that she did not want to return to France without her family. “I’ve refused because I want to go with family, not by myself – I can’t fend for myself,” she told Reuters. A source close to talks about the girl said social services would take care of her if she returned to France. Denying a return to Dibrani’s family showed Hollande’s support for Valls, the most popular member of his government who came under fire from Socialist lawmakers accusing him of betraying the left’s values. Previously Dibrani’s father Reshat, who has admitted lying on his applications for asylum, said the family had packed its bags and would return to France even if the journey took days. A survey by pollster BVA showed that more than two out of three Frenchmen opposed Dibrani’s return to France, while a majority found nothing shocking about the method of her removal.10.19.13
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Redeveloping the Southwest Waterfront has been discussed for decades and is one of the Districts largest economic development projects. Know as the Wharf , its first phase alone once scheduled to begin early this year calls for 225,000-square-feet of office space, 180,000-square-feet of retail, 790 residential units, two hotels and 1,325 parking spaces. The school had planned on taking the lions share of that office space, about 190,000 square feet at the corner of Maine Avenue and Ninth Street SW, raising the prospect of a waterfront swarming with students attending day and evening classes. Jim Huske, a senior vice president at the Graduate School, said the administration informed developer Monty Hoffman, chief executive of PN Hoffman, that it would pull out of the project due to government cutbacks and budget uncertainty. We had to move out of that and we let Monty know that probably a year and a half or two years ago now because the market became unstable, Huske said. Huske that with sequestration and the government shutdown, the school would remain in smaller space in LEnfant Plaza for the time being. When Southeastern University, based in Southwest D.C., folded in 2010, the Graduate School assumed some of Southeasterns students. Right now were sitting back and considering our options, he said. You just dont make an investment when there is such uncertainty. Developers PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette had planned to begin the first phase during the first quarter of this year, with completion expected in 2016. Despite the delay, Hoffman said that he has applied for building permits. The Washington Kastles tennis team, whose stadium is located on the site currently, has been looking for a place to relocate to make way for construction. Overall we feel very good about it, Hoffman said. Our tenancy and our letters of intent for restaurants are going very well and we are in for building permits. Hoffman said he was working with a prospective capital group to invest in the project. The D.C. government has agreed to put up approximately $198 million for the project, and last year Hoffman traveled to China with D.C.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino, right, shakes hands with Kentucky coach John Calipari. (Photo: David J. Phillip, AP) Although there were plenty of surprises in last season’s NCAA tournament Florida Gulf Coast Sweet 16 finish, Wichita State’s Final Four run to name two the college hoops season had an unsurprising ending: With a defensively dominant Louisville team cutting down the nets. The defending champion Cardinals will look to become the first team since Florida (2006 & 2007) to repeat as national champions. That mission is certainly possible as Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino returns a nucleus that’s led by All-American Russ Smith. And though Kentucky’s recruiting class wins in quantity, perennial top 10 teams Kansas and Duke bring in the top overall freshmen in Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, respectively. FLORIDA: Gators enter 2013-14 under cloud of uncertainty Michigan State returns arguably the most talent of any team in the country, with Gary Harris and Adreian Payne skipping the early NBA exit route to make Tom Izzo’s Spartans arguably the best preseason team in the country. Additionally, top returning players Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), C.J. Fair (Syracuse) and Aaron Craft (Ohio State) all give their teams top 10 potential. USA TODAY Sports will be the destination for college hoops fans Thursday. You can find extensive coverage of the poll on the college basketball page of the website or interact via Twitter . Here’s a look at some more background on the top 25 rankings: The first-regular season poll will be released early on the afternoon of Nov.
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Source: News Limited LITTLE has been expected of the United States ahead of their tournament debut at the upcoming rugby league World Cup. After a remarkable victory in their only warm-up match, however, they could be ready to surprise some people. The USA Tomahawks pulled off a surprise 22-18 win over fourth-ranked France in Toulouse on Friday, for one of the country’s best results. “This is a real shot in the arm for USA rugby league,” US coach Terry Matterson said. “We have traveled far and wide to get here.” The Tomahawks, who will play Wales, the Cook Islands and Scotland in group matches at the World Cup starting October 26 in England and Wales, have players in their 24-man squad that have experience in the NRL and Europe’s Super League so will not be the pushovers some had expected. “I just want the guys to play to the best of their ability in the three World Cup games and if they do that we have a chance at winning each,” Matterson added. The victory in the south of France was even more surprising given the team’s build-up to the match. They only held their first World Cup training session the day before the match. In the week leading up to playing France, the players spent 39 hours travelling in planes, trains, buses and cabs. Meanwhile, Matterson, assistant coach at the North Queensland Cowboys, was only appointed to his role 13 days ago after Matthew Elliott and Brian Smith stepped down. Four key players – Eddy Pettybourne, Ryan McGoldrick, Clint Newton and Joel Luani – were also missing. However, Mike Garvey, David Marando, Matt Shipway and Kristian Freed scored tries for the 12th-ranked Tomahawks, who held on in the closing stages despite being reduced to 12 players after a sin-binning.
The Leelanau County community was selected as one of 20 nominees in the latest 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. The contest encouraged the public over four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice. Winners were posted on the publication’s website. and featured in the Oct. 18 edition of USA TODAY’s print version. Leland sunsets are one of the most photographed features in the region, and Elijah Allen says he rarely misses one. “They are peaceful and grounding in a world that seems to be spinning out of control,” said the Leland professional photographer. “I enjoy shooting them to share with others that grounded feeling and share the simple beauties that surround us in this area everyday. TOP SUNSETS Top 10 list of best places to watch a sunset in North America: 1. Clearwater Beach, FL 8. Panama City Beach, FL 9. Sedona, AZ 10. Tybee Island, GA Source: List selected by readers in USA TODAY Travel & 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. The Leland Chamber of Commerce promoted the contest by asking residents and visitors to vote online. But it wasn’t a hard sell, says Linda Lindquist-Bishop, the chamber president who can explain why a Leland sunset is more beautiful than nearly anywhere else. Lelands beaches look outward to Lake Michigan where the water and clouds turn vibrant shades of orange, purple, gold and blue as the sun sets over the Manitous,” said Lindquist-Bishop.10.19.13
The UN Security Council was reformed just once, in 1963, when four new nonpermanent seats were created, making a total of ten. The bodys ten nonpermanent members are elected for two-year rotations. The US responded to the Saudi decision saying it would continue to work with Riyadh on major issues, but emphasized the importance of the Security Council. Theres no question the Security Council performs an important role in the world maintaining peace and security; recent evidence of that which Ive referred to a few times speaks to that, State Department spokeswomen Jen Psaki said. In terms of what decision that the Saudis make, thats up to them. Turkish President Abdullah Gul came out in support of the Saudi position on Friday, saying that the United Nations was losing much of its credibility, according to Israel Radio. Gul said the kingdoms rejection of a Security Council seat was meant to garner the attention of the international community, and that it must be respected. Russias Ministry of Foreign Affairs sharply criticized the Saudi decision on Friday . In a statement, the ministry slammed the kingdoms strange rationale, reported AFP. We are surprised by Saudi Arabias unprecedented decision, the statement read. The kingdoms arguments arouse bewilderment and the criticism of the UN Security Council in the context of the Syria conflict is particularly strange, the ministry added. Saudi Arabias rejection ofits freshly-acquired seatcame just hours after the kingdom was elected as one of the Councils 10 nonpermanent members on Thursday night. It also followed another gesture of displeasure from the kingdom, in which Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal declined to address the General Assembly meeting last month. In a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, the Foreign Ministry said Friday that the Security Council has failed in its duties toward Syria.
Protests across France against student deportations
“I don’t think any team will be happy to draw France,” he said. Coach Didier Deschamps was clear on which side he did not want to face with a World Cup slot on the line. “The team to avoid … is Portugal because they have Cristiano Ronaldo, but all the teams are formidable,” he said. Deschamps was happy with the performance of the front four – Olivier Giroud, Franck Ribery, Nasri and Mathieu Valbuena – and hinted he may keep the same team for the playoffs. “For the big majority of them, yes,” he added. Ribery has been in fine form for France lately, scoring six and setting up nine of their last 24 goals. His pace inspired France on Tuesday, with the winger scoring a screamer into the top corner for the opening goal and setting up Karim Benzema’s goal three minutes from time. The only cause for French concern seems to be in defence, where fullback Patrice Evra does not seem to be at his best and centre back Eric Abidal lacks sharpness. Deschamps could be tempted to bring in Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane to tighten things up. “Finland pierced through our defence twice,” said Deschamps, who had asked fullbacks Evra and Mathieu Debuchy to play high up the pitch. “Perhaps we need to be a tad safer behind.
Stars align for France as World Cup playoff looms
Much of the anger has focused on how Dibrani was forced to get off a bus full of classmates in the midst of a school outing before she was deported with the rest of her family to Kosovo. Protesters were demanding that Dibrani and the other expelled student, Khatchik Kachatryan, be allowed to return to France to continue their studies. — ‘Students just like us’ — At the Lycee Charlemagne secondary school in Paris’s Marais district, rubbish bins were piled up in front of the entrance and a banner had been unfurled reading: “Charlemagne is mobilising for Leonarda and Khatchik”. “These are students just like us. They must absolutely be allowed to return to France,” said one of the protesters, Heloise Hakimi. “We are creating a movement that is growing in France to demand their return,” she said. Student groups said that as well as the Paris march, another 10,000 protesters took part in demonstrations in cities across France, including in Marseille, Grenoble and La Rochelle. Some of the Paris protesters at one point threw projectiles at police but there were no serious injuries. Four people were arrested, police said. Education Minister Vincent Peillon has urged the students to return to classes and stop preventing other pupils from attending school. Some of the protesters have also called for the resignation of the controversial-yet-popular Valls, who has defended the expulsion and sparked anger last month by saying Roma migrants could not integrate into French society. Dibrani was deported after being detained on October 9 in the eastern town of Levier, though her case only came to light Wednesday when a non-governmental organisation highlighted the incident. Her family was deported after all of their formal requests for asylum were rejected. The case has been complicated by revelations that Dibrani’s father Resat had lied about his family’s Kosovo origins to have a better chance to obtain asylum.
France jails Somali pirates for nine years
Prosecutor Brigitte Ernoult-Cabot rejected the pirates’ claim that they had been coerced into their criminal business and said they had rather been motivated by “easy money”. French troops stormed the 12-metre Tanit sailboat in April 2009 and captured the trio during a bid to free Florent Lemacon, his wife, their three-year-old son and two crew members. They killed two pirates but also accidentally shot dead Lemacon during the operation. The three accused — Mohamed Mahamud, Abdelkader Osman Ali and Mahamud Abdi Mohamed, aged between 26 and 31 — have been on trial since Monday. During the trial, the three accused had said they turned to piracy out of desperation and expressed regret at their actions. “What they want is not even to live but just to survive,” said one of their lawyers, Fabian Lahaie. For his client, piracy “was a job as any other”, he said. A lawyer for the survivors, Arnaud Colon de Franciosi, said they were not looking “for vengeance” but that the accused should be “held responsible” for their acts. Former French Defence Minister Herve Morin said Wednesday that “poverty does not justify everything”. The families have not criticised soldiers involved in the raid, but have accused the French government of authorising the “dangerous operation” without enough regard for the hostages. In this case “French state leaders decided to teach the piracy masterminds on the continent a lesson”, argued Colon de Franciosi. “I believe that Florent Lemacon died for reasons of national interest. This operation was meant as a powerful signal to the Somalis, while the hostages were put on the backburner.” The Lemacons had left the northwestern French port of Vannes in 2008 for a journey to Zanzibar. They were taken hostage on April 6, 2009 off the Somali coast. France has taken a tough line on pirates caught by its forces in the waters off east Africa, where dozens of mainly merchant vessels have been seized and held for ransom in recent years.10.18.13
The UK government will promote the UK as a centre of commercial expertise with direct relevance to many industries that are growing in the Arctic.” That is likely to mean the construction of oil and gas platforms, in which the UK has decades of expertise from North Sea oil exploration, as well as lucrative ancillary services such as financial and legal advice, and shipping services as melting ice opens the region to transport. Arctic oil and gas exploration is in the spotlight as 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists are being held by the Russian authorities on piracy charges. The crew, two of whom scaled a Russian oil platform from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise on 18 September, said they were aiming to highlight what conservationists see as the peril of destroying one of the last pristine environments on Earth in the quest for fossil fuels . They could face 10 to 15 years in jail if convicted. William Hague, the foreign secretary, has been negotiating with Russian ministers over the fate of the six British nationals involved. Julia Marton-Lefevre, director general of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, told the Guardian: “Exploring the Arctic [for oil and gas] will have consequences that could be drastic. We are putting off the decisions we have to make about finding different [low-carbon] sources of energy . I think we should not be going into new areas like this.” The Foreign Office said the UK’s diplomatic role would be secondary to the states, including Russia and the US, that have Arctic territories. “The UK will continue to support and respect the sovereign rights of the Arctic states to exercise jurisdiction over their territory; the peoples who live and work in the Arctic; and the unique and fragile natural environment. At the same time, [the strategy] outlines the UK’s legitimate interests in the region, our priorities for practical action and our willingness to show leadership in appropriate areas.” Mark Simmonds, minister for the Arctic at the Foreign Office, said: “We are the Arctic’s nearest neighbour and we have long-standing environmental and commercial interest there. Our climate, migrating birds, fishing and shipping industry, and energy needs are all reasons why what happens in the Arctic is of vital interest to us.” Concern for the environmental impacts of any exploitation of the Arctic’s regions would be key, the government said. The framework document commits the government to “working towards an Arctic that is safe and secure; well governed in conjunction with indigenous peoples and in line with international law; where policies are developed on the basis of sound science with full regard to the environment; and where only responsible development takes place.” Areas where the UK can play a leading role, according to the framework, include taking leadership on global climate change, and engaging with UK-based scientists, industries and NGOs. This could imply a brokering role for the government in future dealings over environmental protests in the Arctic. The document also commits the government to “promote UK Arctic science and continue to fund top class climate research to increase understanding of the changes in the Arctic and their impacts on the global system”.
At his second meeting with NFU Scotland since succeeding Borders MP Michael Moore last week, the Orkney and Shetland MP said an early decision was required as the proposals would be subject to consultation before being submitted to the European Commission by the end of the year. Farmers shouldnt have to wait very much longer, said Carmichael. It is very much a live issue but I dont think its a good idea to conduct negotiations in the pages of the press. He was speaking during a visit to the farm of NFUS North-east area chairman, Charlie Adam, at Braeside, Alford, Aberdeenshire. Adam said the main topic of discussion had been the danger of losing critical mass in the meat industry as a result of the continuing decline in the national beef herd and sheep flock. Carmichael went as far as saying he was not unsympathetic to the arguments being put forward for additional support for Scottish farmers but it was important for the government to get it right to avoid any legal challenge which could finish up in the courts. Its not just a political issue but a legal one, he said. We are entering a very different world under the new Common Agricultural Policy. The application of regional policy in the implementation of the CAP will be one of the last battles on agricultural policy for a few years. All the options will have to be considered and the decisions we make must count. The CAP agreement allows the UK to allocate up to 8 per cent of the Single Farm Payment as direct support for livestock production (so-called coupled payments) and NFUS wants to see this calculation based on the UK budget ceiling rather than a Scottish ceiling which would give the Scottish Government greater flexibility in applying coupled payments. UK Environment Minister, Owen Paterson, has indicated he will not use the coupling option in England which could release additional funds for Scotland. NFUS president Nigel Miller said an increased coupled payment could be a real game-changer for Scotland as it would allow the Scottish Government to supplement low area payments by increasing payments to active livestock farmers. The UK has also been granted an additional 230 million (195m) over the next five years designed to even up area payments throughout the UK. A cross-party letter signed by SNP, Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem agricultural spokespersons, including Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead, was sent to the UK government last week demanding that all the extra money should come to Scotland as the only reason the UK qualifies for the funding is because of Scotlands low payments under the current system.
A UK Labor Report 12 Years in the Making
UK labor data showed the biggest improvement since 1997, pushing GBPUSD through the 1.6000 mark overnight, but the rally stalled ahead of the 1.6050 level after investors were slightly disappointed by the lack of improvement in the ILO unemployment rate. Cable was the primary focus of the early-morning European session, rising nearly 100 points off the session lows as currency markets responded to the sharp improvement in the UK claimant count, which declined by -41K versus -24K expected. This was the best reading in a dozen years and the 12th consecutive monthly reduction in UK jobless claims. The decline in joblessness did not immediately translate into a decrease in unemployment, however, as the ILO unemployment rate remained at 7.7%, matching last month’s reading. Nevertheless, the much smaller claimant count will likely lead to reduction in the unemployment rate over the next several months, and that should prove supportive for the British pound (GBP) given the fact that the Bank of England (BoE) has tied its forward guidance on interest rates to the UK unemployment figures. Another minor disappointment in today’s UK labor numbers was the smaller-than-expected rise in average hourly earnings, which increased by only 0.7% versus 1.0% expected. Given the persistently sticky inflation rates of 2.5% or higher, UK workers are actually seeing negative income growth for now, and that may temper spending going forward. Thursday’s UK retail sales data should provide an interesting glimpse into the strength of consumer demand. In the meantime, GBPUSD remained bid above the 1.6000 level by mid-morning London trade, and the pair could see further relative strength as the day unfolds, especially given the ongoing debt-ceiling debate in the US, which looks to be moving closer to a resolution. Big US News Likely to Get a Ho-Hum Reaction With essentially just a matter of hours left until the US Treasury’s October 17 deadline, US legislators continued their furious negotiations. As the last effort by GOP members of the House failed to take hold, the focus has moved back to the Senate, where majority leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell appear to be close to an agreement.10.18.13
In July, a month after the PRISM scandal broke, the British Parliaments intelligence oversight committee announced that the countrys spy services had not illegally used the American program to access the content of private communications of UK citizens they knew this because the spy services, namely NSA counterpart GCHQ, told them so. Not the end of the story That said, the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) conceded that the laws it was talking about were a tad fuzzy and perhaps out-of-date, so the investigation quietly continued. Now, after months of further surveillance revelations that point to GCHQ itself as a major data-hoover , that inquiry is set to widen: on Thursday, the ISC said it would also look into the impact on peoples privacy, and would even hear evidence from the public. Even more astonishingly, some of its evidence-gathering sessions may be held in public, rather than in secret as is the norm. According to Malcolm Rifkind, the ISC chairman and a former UK defence secretary and foreign secretary (pictured above): In recent months concern has been expressed at the suggested extent of the capabilities available to the intelligence agencies and the impact upon peoples privacy as the agencies seek to find the needles in the haystacks that might be crucial to safeguarding national security. There is a balance to be found between our individual right to privacy and our collective right to security. The reaction from privacy activists has been cautious , and understandably so this is the same Malcolm Rifkind who last month downplayed the significance of Edward Snowdens revelations regarding the UKs own Tempora program, a partner program to PRISM, writing : On Tempora, it has been well known that the fibre optic cables that carry a significant proportion of the worlds communications pass close to the British coastline and could provide intelligence opportunities. The reality is that the British public are well aware that its intelligence agencies have neither the time nor the remotest interest in the emails or telephone conversations of well over 99% of the population who are neither potential terrorists nor serious criminals. Modern computer technologies do permit the separation of those that are of interest from the vast majority that are not. Shooting the messenger The announcement of limited public involvement in the ISC inquiry follows an extraordinary two weeks in which the Guardian, the British newspaper that has carried much of the Snowden material, has come under sustained attack from the new head of the UK Security Service (a.k.a. MI5), leading right-wing newspaper the Daily Mail and even fellow left-wing newspaper The Independent, whose former editor penned the immortal line: If MI5 warns that this is not in the public interest who am I to disbelieve them? The attacks from other journalists led editors from around the world to defend the Guardians journalism last week, but this week Prime Minister David Cameron piled on, urging MPs to investigate the publication because what theyre dealing with is dangerous for national security. Conservative MP Julian Smith also asked police to investigate the Guardian over terrorism offences . However, this official attitude is not unanimous. Late last week, business secretary Vince Cable said the Guardian was entirely correct and right even courageous to publish the Snowden material. Former Home Office minister Lord Blencathra also said the public had a right to know whether they were being spied upon, especially as proposed laws that would have allowed greater domestic surveillance had been repeatedly shot down. He said that, when his committee had been examining the last such proposal, the intelligence services had not told MPs that they already had mass surveillance capabilities.
UK Grangemouth refinery shut, future uncertain
The ability of key project developers to manage this situation (while accessing any existing inventory built up in anticipation of supply limitations in the second half of 2013) will be a key factor in the scale of ground-mount projects completed under the 1.6 ROC level ahead of 31 March 2014; not to mention the inevitable weather issues in February and March and having to complete projects with workers stuck in inches of mud. While tier two suppliers (from non-Chinese country of origin) have been seeing this as an opportunity, the use of many of these suppliers is still not matching with project financing requirements. This is keeping tier two supply in the UK firmly at the rooftop (and mainly small rooftop) segment. Q1 2014 UK PV demand to hit record high NPD Solarbuzz is now forecasting overall demand from the UK during October to December 2013 (Q4 2013) at 370MW, with a sharp rise during January to March 2014 (Q1 2014) to a new UK record level of 740MW. Cumulative UK solar PV deployed at 31 March 2014 is projected to reach 4.1GW. This again indicates that, to satisfy the expectations built up around the 20GW-by-2020 figure, the UK needs to stabilise at the 2.5GW per year figure for a further seven years. Assuming a 1:2 split between rooftop and ground-mount megawatt deployment, this suggests a ground-mount annual demand at the 1.5-1.7GW level, consistent with the percentage of the project pipeline expected to be built out and connected over the next 12-18 months. However, aside from module supply issues during Q3 2013 and this quarter, supply in Q1 2014 is likely to be a challenge. Here, the Japanese market will provide the greatest distraction, with tier one Chinese module suppliers gaining market share in Japan, seeing the higher module ASPs as a clear advantage, and with Japan set to be the strongest global market in Q1 2014 prior to FiT cuts on 1 April 2014. This only emphasises the importance of project developers in having multiple (and flexible) module supply arrangements with the key Chinese companies active in the UK (Trina, Renesola, Jinko, Yingli, etc.) to ensure that projects can be successfully interconnected during March 2014. Having multiple brands also assigned at the individual project level may also be key to beating the April deadline. By the time the final Solar Strategy document is released by DECC (slated for April 2014), the UK solar PV industry will have over 4GW installed.
UK Solar PV demand collapses as EU/China case creates ‘lost’ quarter
Credit: Reuters/Phil Noble LONDON | Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:53am BST LONDON (Reuters) – Britain could see widespread power blackouts during next year’s winter if a series of unforeseen events such as a cold snap or unplanned station outages occurs simultaneously, a report for an advisory body to the prime minister warned on Thursday. Britain’s power capacity margin, which is the production capacity available above demand levels, is expected to be dangerously low in the winter of 2014/15, an engineering report for the Council for Science and Technology said. Britain’s energy regulator Ofgem and network operator National Grid have also warned of shrinking margins and in response are creating tools aimed at reducing peak demand. “Although the electricity supply is expected to be sufficient to cover predicted levels of demand, it is likely to stretch the system close to its limits, notably during the winter of 2014-15, increasing the chances of power outages,” the Royal Academy of Engineering said in a statement accompanying its report. Over the coming year, Britain faces further closures of coal- and oil-fired power plants to comply with pollution laws. Additionally, several operators of gas-fired power stations have taken plants offline because high gas prices created losses for older facilities. The report said the government should speed up its electricity market reform (EMR) programme, which foresees paying generators of standby capacity to keep plants running. “Government will set the market conditions but it is private industry that will invest the necessary money,” said John Roberts, chair of the study’s working group. “Most of the energy companies operating in this country are international organisations that will invest in the UK only if it proves to be an attractive market.” The EMR is expected to be passed into law next year. (Reporting by Karolin Schaps; Editing by Dale Hudson)
UK could face power blackouts in winter 2014/15 – engineers
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It’s a hugely important industrial complex,” Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister said in a BBC interview. Ineos said earlier this week it had begun winding down operations at Grangemouth, ahead of a planned strike by Unite union members over the treatment of a union representative. Unite called the strike off earlier on Wednesday. A source familiar with the situation said that it would take around three weeks to get the plant back to full operations, whenever a decision was made. Unite, in keeping with the bitter tone of the long-running dispute, accused Ineos of “economic vandalism”. “There is absolutely no reason for the site to remain shut – the company is holding Scotland to ransom,” said Unite regional secretary Pat Rafferty. The UK government said it had been working with the regional government to ensure minimal disruption to supply. “We have been working closely with the fuel industry and Scottish government to put robust alternative fuel supply routes in place,” Edward Davey, Energy Secretary said. Ineos, while readying the plant for shutdown, had been taking shipments of oil products, which it was distributing to customers, union sources said. FORTIES PIPELINE The refinery, owned jointly by Ineos and PetroChina, also supplies steam and power to BP’s Kinneil oil terminal, which processes North Sea crude that comes ashore via the Forties Pipeline System. Traders of Forties crude continued to see no drop in supply flowing into the pipeline as steam supply was not interrupted. “There’s no impact expected,” said a source at a company which produces Forties crude.10.17.13
But with factory use down to less than 65 per cent by manufacturers, according to Fuss, this underlines the chronic overcapacity in Europe, which remains unresolved because of pressure from unions and governments to resist rationalisation. The European industry is looking for a bailout along the lines of the U.S. intervention on behalf of bankrupt GM and Chrysler, to allow it to finally shut-down uneconomic factories. But given the financial crisis in the euro zone, this is simply unaffordable. Ernst & Young expects an overall decline of three per cent in Western Europe for the whole year, and only modest growth next year. This growth will continue to be artificial one that is driven by discounts and self-registrations. We estimate it will take at least two years for the market to witness the real sales recovery, driven by replacement demand. As a result, profits for automakers are likely to remain challenged at least until 2014 is out, Fuss said. According to ACEA, Volkswagen of Germany remains the market leader with just under 25 per cent of the market. VW is still strongly profitable, and has brands like Audi Audi , SEAT, Skoda, Lamborghini and Bentley in its stable. In second place is PSA Peugeot Peugeot -Citroen of France at just over 11 per cent, followed by GM Europes Opel, Vauxhall and Chevrolet brands, Renault Renault of France, Ford Europe and Fiat of Italy.
Europe Enjoys ‘Shutdownfreude’ Over U.S. Debt Troubles
Credit: Reuters/David Moir By Martinne Geller LONDON | Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:54am BST LONDON (Reuters) – Strong sales of alcohol in the Americas have helped European drinks firms to offset sluggish or non-existent growth in Europe and Asia. Diageo Plc (DGE.L), the world’s biggest spirits company, reported a 3.1 percent rise in sales for its first quarter, ended on September 30. While sales rose 10.9 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean, 5.1 percent in North America, they grew only 1.3 percent in Africa, Eastern Europe and Turkey and 0.6 percent in Asia Pacific – markets whose growth drinks firms have been relying on as austerity-hit Western Europe struggles. Sales in Western Europe fell 1.1 percent. Several analysts said Diageo’s results were below consensus expectations for an overall sales rise of 4 percent. Investec analyst Martin Deboo said the results for Diageo, were maker of Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka, fitted his sell thesis – “that emerging markets are set to make life difficult for Diageo for a while”. Both Diageo and France’s Remy Cointreau (RCOP.PA) cited a Chinese government crackdown on gift-giving as a drag on sales there. Remy, which generates about 40 percent of its operating profit from cognac sales in China, said wholesalers were reducing inventories after sales fell short of expectations during the Chinese New Year. The maker of Remy Martin cognac, Cointreau liqueur and Mount Gay Rum said revenue declined 5.3 percent on a like-for-like basis to 294.4 million euros (247 million pounds) in the three months to September 30, its second quarter, compared with a 2.3 percent decline in the previous quarter. Sales of Remy Martin cognac fell 8.3 percent like-for-like, compared with a 12.9 percent slump in the first quarter, and the firm said China would continue to weigh on sales in the coming months. A recent weakening of various currencies against the U.S. dollar has also hit results. Diageo, which made a net profit of 2.59 billion pounds in the year to June 30, said that, based on spot rates, foreign exchange factors would reduce 2014 operating profit by 165 million pounds. Meanwhile brewer SABMiller Plc (SAB.L), maker of Peroni and Grolsch beers, reported net revenue rose 6 percent in its second quarter, after a 2 percent rise in the first. Sales rose 4 percent in Latin America, 3 percent in North America, 12 percent in Africa, and 5 percent in Asia Pacific, but were flat in Europe.
Americas help Europe’s drinks makers offset Europe and Asia
(IH) , the owner of the Taj chain, are among operators pressing ahead with their expansion plans, undeterred by the worst economic slowdown in a decade. The number of rooms in Indias top eight cities is set to increase 19 percent this year from 73,000, according to Cushmans estimates. Saving Costs Revenue per room fell 9.4 percent to 3,143 rupees ($51) in the second quarter from the previous three months, data from the property broker showed. The decline is primarily due to the slow recovery in demand and the pace of addition to rooms, Akshay Kulkarni, regional director for hospitality at Cushman said. The short-term outlook for the industry is a bit challenging with economic and political issues in the backdrop of a slow global economy, Kulkarni said. Additionally, travel in the corporate segment seems to be wary as companies are focused on saving costs. Supply outstripped demand by 41 percent as of 2012, and the estimate for 2016 is 39 percent, data from Cushman showed. (EIH) , the owner of the Oberoi brand of hotels, have halved in the past three years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Indian Hotels jumped 3.3 percent yesterday in Mumbai to 50.30 rupees, while EIH rose 0.2 percent to 54.60 rupees. No Scope Indian Hotels reported its first annual loss since at least 1997 in the year ended March 31 as sales growth slowed to the least in three years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. EIH had its smallest profit since 2005. I dont see any scope for room-rate increases over the next couple of years, said Sumant Kumar, an analyst with Elara Securities (India) Pvt. in Mumbai . Theres an oversupply in this space and demand is not picking up as corporate side expenditure is muted given the economic scenario. Indias $1.8 trillion economy expanded 5 percent last fiscal year, the slowest pace since 2003, as companies and businesses curtailed travel budgets. Occupancy rate at luxury hotels fell to 59.9 percent in the year through March 2012 from 73.8 percent in 2006, according to data provided by the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India . Slowing economic growth hasnt discouraged the operators from betting on Indias potential.
These digs are often followed by a little snicker, but usually not elaborated in great detail too raw is the memory of the past four years and the awareness that Greece and the other bailout nations will surely lead to more difficult negotiations on this side of the pond. But at the annual Brussels powwow of Germanys powerful savings banks, the Sparkassen, Tuesday night, Europes Shutdownfreude* was on full display. As Brussels lobbyists sipped champagne with officials from the European Commission, Council and Parliament, the latest plan to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling was unraveling in Washington . And when Georg Fahrenschon, the president of the Sparkassen association, took the stage in the Louis XVI ballroom of the fancy Concert Noble venue, he launched into a frontal attack on the U.S. credit rating. Where is the reaction of the rating agencies to the irresponsible behavior of the worlds biggest economy? Mr. Fahrenschon, a former Bavarian finance minister, asked the crowd. Even in Europe, theres a tradition of parliaments struggling to seal a budget deal, Mr. Fahrenschon said, harvesting a round of applause. But in Europe it is good form that contracts that have been made salaries and social benefits are still serviced even in a period without a budget. Mr. Fahrenschon was speaking before Fitch Ratings Service put the U.S. credit rating on negative watch and warnedthat the governments failure to honor interest or principal payments on U.S. Treasury securities would trigger a downgrade to restricted default. But Mr. Fahrenschon was demanding harsher treatment than the one set out in the Fitch warning. Government finances in the U.S.10.17.13
Youth unemployment in Spain and Greece is above 50%; while rates in Portugal, Italy and Ireland are all above 30% (CNN) — The head of the International Monetary Fund is warning European governments against complacency despite the region returning to growth earlier this year for the first time since 2011. Speaking at the Fund’s headquarters in Washington DC, managing director Christine Lagarde told CNN’s Richard Quest that member states cannot afford “fatigue” on their commitments to create jobs and to shore up the region’s banks. Europe out of limelight Europe has been spared some market scrutiny recently, as headlines shifted to the U.S. debt ceiling negotiations and the Federal Reserve’s bond-buying program. Europe’s energy challenges Solving Portugal’s economic woes Lagarde said that leaders in the currency union will be eager to remain out of the limelight. Is Serbia ready for EU membership? And last year European finance ministers approved a 39.5 billion euro ($51.6 billion) lifeline for Spain’s banks, struggling after the property bubble went bust. In return for state aid, creditors have imposed strict rules on debtor nations, forcing them to carry out harsh austerity measures. However, that strategy has come under question. Mujtaba Rahman, Europe director at Eurasia Group, said Germany may believe austerity is working but “clearly there’s a strand that believes otherwise.” Some eurozone economies, he noted, believe they have improved after easing off on austerity. Tackling youth unemployment Lagarde, a former French finance minister, also highlighted youth unemployment as the biggest priority on the policy-making agenda. She said: “Countries have to do their job; the IMF will help the process as well so we have to partner goodwill, the money available and political determination to focus on the right issues.” Youth unemployment in Spain and Greece is above 50%, where strict austerity programs are in place, while rates in Portugal, Italy and Ireland are all above 30%. Widespread unemployment has led to anti-austerity protests in the worst-hit nations with many demonstrations turning violent. But Rahman believes that youth unemployment is a problem that must be tackled by domestic governments rather than at the European level.
Newly manufactured Ford Fiesta cars are seen on the deck of the car transport ship ”Tossa”, during its journey from a Ford plant in the German city of Cologne to the Dutch seaport of Vlissingen, as it enters a water-gate at Krammer in the Netherlands September 13, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay FRANKFURT | Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:32am EDT FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A surge in UK auto sales and an extra working day boosted Europe’s new car market in September, giving evidence that demand may be slowly bottoming out after plumbing lows not seen in over 20 years. The European car market has been a prime casualty of the continent’s economic crisis as hard-pressed consumers defer purchases and a number of leading makers such as Peugeot (PEUP.PA) have been forced into radical restructurings. Automotive industry association ACEA said on Wednesday new car registrations in the European Union climbed 5.4 percent from a year ago to 1.16 million vehicles in September, only the third monthly gain in the past two years. The figures echo findings earlier this month that sales of new cars had grown in France and Spain during September. ACEA’s numbers showed the improvement was led by a 12 percent rise in sales in top market Britain to 403,000 vehicles, while sales in Germany shrank 1.2 pct to 247,000. The monthly total was still the second-lowest September figure since ACEA began gathering data for the 27 EU member states in 2003. Industry watchers have been looking for signs of recovery after the EU car market crashed to record lows in August. “The worst is behind us. The decline in sales has considerably slowed and we are now witnessing signs of recovery in demand,” said Peter Fuss, senior advisory partner at the Global Automotive Centre of accountants EY (formerly Ernst & Young). “The sales, however, continue to be artificially boosted by huge discounts and self-registrations by dealers,” Fuss added, referring to cars still held in showrooms. He warned it would take at least two years before the market was strong enough to grow on its own without the aid of incentives. BETTER GAUGE In a sign of recovery in the ailing euro zone periphery, car demand in Greece, Ireland and Portugal jumped by double-digit rates, albeit from depressed levels.10.17.13
(Read More: Nestle sales growth misses poll on weak Europe and Asia ) Kicking the can? Despite impressive gains for some stocks, investors refrained from a “risk-on” rally in Europe with Louis Gargour, chief investment officer at LNG Capital telling CNBC that the rebound after a deal was already priced in after a strong week for equities. “It is good for markets, however markets had to a certain extent already shrugged off, they had expected this to happen,” he said. The deal in the U.S. extends the government’s borrowing authority until February 7 and funds government agencies until January 15. The Office of Management and Budget said previously furloughed federal workers should report to work Thursday morning and Congressional leaders began to appoint budget negotiators to find a longer-term budget solution. (Read More: Obama signs budget deal; government set to reopen ) However, despite embracing the deal, analysts warn that it merely “kicks the can down the road”. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew welcomed the bipartisan action by Congress but was cautious about getting the U.S. economy back on track following the impasse. “At the same time, we remain committed to reaching agreement on a balanced fiscal package that will create jobs, grow our economy, and put us on a path toward long-term fiscal sustainability. Without question, it will require difficult choices,” Lew said in a statement late Wednesday. In the U.K., promising retail sales data gave the country’s high streets something to cheer. Sales volumes rose 0.6 percent on the month, 2.2 percent year-on-year, according to the Office for National Statistics.
In September 2012, the Commission has adopted the European Cloud Computing Strategy Unleashing the potential of the Cloud Computing in Europe. The aim of the Strategy is to facilitate faster adoption of cloud computing in Europe. One of the key actions of the Cloud computing Strategy refers to standards and voluntary certification. In this context, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has been tasked to map existing cloud computing standards in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders. ETSI has already delivered an intermediary standards overview in June 2013 and is planning to deliver final results before the end of 2013.Morover, the European Commission undertook to work with the support of ENISA and other relevant bodies to assist the development of EU-wide voluntary certification schemes in the area of cloud computing and establish a list of such schemes by 2014. Also the Select Industry Group (SIG) working group on certification was established to support the work on certification. Certification of cloud computing services can help to provide more transparency in the cloud computing market, as certification allows cloud computing suppliers to show their customers that they are meeting certain standards, for example on network and information security. Although certification is not a magic solution to overcome the limitations of a market that is not transparent, we can see that certification can be of benefit to both cloud computing suppliers and users. Already, we can see existing solution available in the market for cloud computing. And these existing solutions are exactly what the working group on certification initially has focussed on. This has already resulted in intermediary results before the summer of this year: a list of existing certification schemes and a set of principles and recommendations that the SIG-certification group finds important when it comes to cloud computing certification. Currently, these intermediary results are advanced with the help of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). The expertise and support of ENISA is crucial and will provide essential steps towards more transparency of the cloud computing market.10.17.13
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IBTimes/Lisa Mahapatra Nearly 60 percent of EU Internet users made purchases online in 2012, according to recently released data from Eurostat . Clothes and holiday accomodations are the most common online purchases, followed by books, according to the report. However, online grocery is yet to really catch on among Internet users in the EU. One in three EU Internet users reported buying clothes online, while fewer than one in 10 said that they had ordered food and groceries online. Among member states, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden had the highest proportion of Internet users making purchases online. In Romania and Bulgaria, however, fewer than 20 percent of Internet users had made a single online purchase in the past year. Its important to keep in mind that there are still many EU countries in which a fairly large section of the population doesnt use the Internet. For example, in 2012, 65 percent of Greeks had never used the Internet . Heres the data released by Eurostat in an interactive map. Click on any EU country for more info on their online shopping habits: Here’s the total percentage of Internet users who shop online in each EU member country:
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