The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) plans to start a new industry competition next month with the aim of reducing emissions and fuel consumption in offshore wind vessels.OWA is now calling on the industry to respond to a Request for Information (RFI) to inform the scope of the competition.The RFI is the first stage in the competition that will have an estimated funding envelope of circa GBP 400,000. The results from the RFI will help gauge the current interest and development levels, and assist efforts to tailor the competition to best suit industry needs.The initial focus will be on systems, subsystems, and technology that support the operation of Crew Transfer Vessels (CTV). However the industry’s view for larger vessels such as Service Operations Vessels in the future is also worth consideration, the Carbon Trust said.The project is being led by BMT Defence and Security UK (BMT DAS) and Black & Veatch, commissioned by the Scottish Government and nine OWA industry partners – EnBW, EON, Iberdrola, Innogy, Ørsted, Shell, SSE, Equinor, and Vattenfall.
KODAK Digital Still Camera Though the past 20 years has seen a lot of highs, there was a time in Dorothy Roberts’ life when all seemed lost. She has never forgotten that low period, which inspired her to help the depressed and indigent.Family Youth and Community Enrichment CenterOn April 6, the Jamaican pastor who has called South Florida home for over 30 years, launches Hollywood Family Youth and Community Enrichment Center, an organization dedicated to helping single parents and provide mentorship to South Florida’s marginalized. The ceremony takes place at 3911 Hollywood Boulevard.“As I was once a single mother, I would especially help single parents whom I know were not as fortunate as myself and my four children,” said Roberts. “It was in 1989 when I came to realize that there are more struggles in the United States for single parents and youth than back home.”Team of professionals Through Hollywood Family Youth and Community Enrichment Center, Roberts will work with a team of professionals to help persons who lack funding to seek expertise on various personal problems.She said that, “Our new venture will be able to give more one-on-one help in the sense that we will have doctors, therapists and councilors who will offer eye exams and free glasses to those who need it. Psychiatrists will evaluate and make a referral where necessary, and we will be better able to give out free groceries and articles of clothing to those who need it most.”Build family bonds Another of Hollywood Family Youth and Community Enrichment Center’s priorities, is to build lasting bonds between parents and children. Particularly in the area of education where Roberts points to a growing breach.According to the fledgling organization’s mission statement, parents, families and communities will be encouraged to become actively engaged in public schools and play integral roles in improving those institutions.As well, these groups will work diligently with the homeless and wayward youth in areas of family preservation and developing leadership skills.Roberts is originally from Manchester, a farming parish in central Jamaica, where she was an established dentist. She has worked in outreach programs since living in the US.With her husband Scott, she oversees Harvest Reapers Outreach Support Ministry, a non-denominational church at 46th Avenue in Hollywood that operates a counseling and feeding program.
The Sports Minister Hon Mahama Ayariga, on the authority of the president John Mahama, has appointed an 11 member committee with 6 ambassadors to serve as Ghana’s bid committee to ensure the nation wins the right to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.The Committee and ambassadors’ work will end after CAF announces the host of the AFCON 2017 in January 2015. The Committee members are; Ernest Thompson, the Chairman, who also doubles as the Director of SNNIT, Abedi Pele, the vice Chairman, Fred Crentsil – GFA Vice President, Randy Abbey, Herbert Mensah (Football Administrator and businessman), Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe, Lepowura MND Jawula, Nana Sam Brew Butler (All former GFA Chairmen), Alex Mould (CEO of GNPC), Rex Danquah, the secretary, who also doubles as a Consultant and Sports Expert and Alhaji Abdulai Yakubu, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports).The Ambassadors are ex-Black Stars players Stephen Appiah, Tony Yeboah Tony Baffoe, Ibrahim Sunday, Abdul Razak and former WBC Featherweight champion, Azumah Nelson.