Bottler Brown tells British troops in Basra “Mission Accomplished” as he prepares to order out the remaining contingent camped at the airport.
Judging from recent news out of Iraq, the mission has more to do with desperate attempts to boost Bottler’s sagging support in Britain. This year has seen the progressive withdrawal for British forces in preparation for the Great British Bug-out and this has been matched by increasing violence as the Shia militia take control. This contrasts with the much derided US troop surge in the north which appears to have worked well, seeing a progressive fall in violence and increasing stability.
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OFFSHORE wind turbine installation vessel availability is a growing concern for the offshore wind power industry according to a leading expert. Addressing delegates at the European Offshore Wind Conference in Berlin this week, Douglas-Westwood (DWL) managing director John Westwood presented findings of a new study of the growing offshore wind energy industry and highlighted significant growth, fast-rising costs and shifting market dynamics.
He said that industry is finally showing the growth and market development long-promised, with investors being buoyed by signs of long-term confidence demonstrated by government and industry. He said that2008 will be a record-breaking year with construction currently underway on many projects and contracts placed with suppliers up-to 2010.
According to new DWL’s study The World Offshore Wind Report 2008-2012, offshore wind will see euros11.1 billion of capital expenditure in the coming five year period to 2012 as 4.5 GW of new capacity is installed. With just over 1.1 GW of capacity online by end-2007, this represents significant market growth and will lead to an annual capital expenditure of over euros2.9bn by 2012.
Of the biggest markets, the UK is dominant with 2.4 GW of new capacity forecast to 2012 – a market worth euros5.9bn. It will overtake Denmark to become the world leader in installed capacity in 2008. Long-term prospects are, DWL says, “excellent” with stronger government support forthcoming through increased Renewable Obligation Certificates for the sector.
However Mr Westwood added: “Supply chain constraints are now being seen.” He explained that an existing “pinch” in turbine supply is continuing and availability of installation vessels will remain tight.” He said: ” These two items are pushing up prices and are delaying those projects that have not yet placed contracts. Three-year lead times are now becoming common and the 2010 construction season will see fierce competition.”
Whilst new installation vessels are being built, the demands of new construction and existing O&M work will keep demand high according top Mr Westwood.
Airbus may move some manufacturing outside Europe because of the continuing drop in the value of the dollar.
The European company builds its aircraft in Europe – where the strong euro means costs are high – but sells them in dollars, so a weak greenback is hitting earnings badly.
According to reports in the French media, Airbus parent company, EADS,’ chief executive, Louis Gallois, is quoted as saying: “We don’t have a choice.
Walrus resting on sea ice near Ostrov Peschanyy are included in the video
A half hour high definition video providing an overview of the AGX voyage from the UK via Cape Horn, Bering Strait, Russian Northern Sea Route to winter mooring in northern Norway is available as a free download.
go to http://tinyurl.com/28x3qe and click on linked file Title01.avi to start the download
The video file is 180 MB which requires a broadband connection to the Internet
The Blair Brown regime has admitted that the GB£9.3 billion budget, already a dramatic growth from the budget presented to the Olympic Committee prior to selection of London for the 2012 Olympics, will be broken. Some commentators are suggesting that the cost could easily double again.
The water sports competitions were thought to have been better planned than the track and field events, but even here there appears to be some discord.
The Royal Yachting Association is leading the push to have the Events for the 2012 Olympic Games reconsidered by the International Sailing Federation.
Following the controversial decision by ISAF Council during its annual conference last month, at which it opted not to include a modern high performance dinghy for women, dropped the multihull event and introduced a match racing format for the women’s keelboat event, the RYA has written to ISAF President Goran Petersson asking for the decision to be reconsidered.
The RYA believes that the decisions taken are not in the best interests of the sport of sailing throughout the world, and requests that ISAF review its decision on three grounds:
– That the decisions weaken sailing and do not comply with International Olympic Committee (IOC) guidelines
– That the current decisions will bring fewer nations and young sailors into the sport of sailing
– That an amendment to the previously agreed voting procedure was hasty, and the process ultimately used for selecting events was flawed
The RYA is requesting that ISAF refrains from nominating the list of Events for 2012 to the IOC on 18 March, and instead reconsiders its voting process and Events decision at its Council meeting in May 2008.