Largest offshore wind farm will create hundreds of jobs

first_img Comments are closed. The construction of the world’s largest offshore wind farm off the coast of Britain will create hundreds of jobs, although not all will be filled by British citizens, Personnel Today has learned. The £2bn first phase of the London Array will build 175 giant turbines a few miles from the mouth of the Thames river, about 12 miles off the coast of Kent and Essex. The project was announced yesterday (12 May) by energy firm Eon, Denmark’s Dong Energy and an Abu Dhabi company, Masdar, with plans to add a further 166 turbines after the first phase is complete. But an Eon spokesman told Personnel Today that the company couldn’t guarantee all the jobs would be British. “We expect there will be 70 full-time permanent staff upon completion of the wind farm, and there will be hundreds of contractors working on the construction over the next few years, many of whom we hope will be locals,” he said. “We will endeavour to use British workers wherever we can, but can’t guarantee that all employees will be from Great Britain.” The wind farm is hoped to be ready in time to provide electricity for the 2012 Olympics in London. The CBI’s director of business environment, Neil Bentley, said the project showed businesses were embracing a greener future, and were up for the challenge of delivering cleaner energy. In the 2009 Budget, more than £1.4bn was earmarked to support low-carbon jobs, including the development of a low-carbon and green manufacturing sector. Previous Article Next Article Largest offshore wind farm will create hundreds of jobsBy Guy Logan on 13 May 2009 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Chuba Akpom: Hammers Ready to Ward off Reims’ Competition

first_imgChuba Akpom In spite of West Ham having assembled a decent team at the beginning of the season, putting the ball behind the goalkeepers have been the bane of the club so far. To resolve the challenge, Coach Manuel Pellegrini is turning his attention to PAOK Athens’ Nigerian striker Chuba Akpom to bolster his striking force, but faces competition from German and French top-flight teams With a paltry 17 goals in 15 matches, English Premier League club West Ham are battling relegation in spite of having assembled a decent team at the beginning of the season and as a way out the East London Club  are looking to sign PAOK’s Nigerian striker Chuba Akpom but face competition from German and French top-flight teams.The Hammers are said to have enquired about the availability of the former Arsenal starlet who has made just three starts in the Greek Super League this season from a possible 12. West Ham signing Akpom would ease the goalscoring burden on Sebastien Haller who has failed to find the net in his last six appearances in the Premier League, while another summer signing, Albian Ajeti, has yet to open his account after six games.However, French Ligue 1 club Reims and Bundesliga outfit Cologne are also interested in a move for the Hale End Academy product.Akpom was on the books of West Ham’s London rivals Arsenal for 16 years before sealing a switch to PAOK in the summer of 2018.With his contract expiring at the end of next season, it has been claimed that the 24-year-old is not interested in extending his stay in Thessaloniki because he’s frustrated by his limited playing opportunities this term.A lot of Hammers fans will want to see Haller, who was dropped to the bench in the recent win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, starting upfront with a partner in a new system. In that aforementioned win over Chelsea, Michail Antonio started as a striker and he had Felipe Anderson behind him in the 10 role in a lesser-seen 4-4-1-1 shape.So far this season, the common set-ups that Manuel Pellegrini has opted to use are the 4-2-3-1 and the 4-1-4-1. At no point has he gone for a two upfront, and that could well be because aside from Haller the only other natural striker is Albian Ajeti, the raw Swiss forward signed this summer.With that in mind, bringing in a new striker looks to be something Pellegrini wants, and reports claim that the Hammers are looking into bringing an ex-Arsenal striker to the club, and he’s a man who recently went invincible.That man is Chuba Akpom. The 24-year-old is currently plying his trade in Greece with PAOK Salonika but has recently been left out of the side, starting just three league games this season so far, and is reportedly uninterested in signing a new contract.The Irons wanted Akpom over the summer, and after missing out on the rapid front-man back then, Pellegrini is keen to go back in for his man in the mid-season window, although he could face competition for Akpom from Ligue 1 Reims and German side Cologne.Earlier this year, the 23-year-old goal poacher revealed his intention of featuring for the Super Eagles at senior level and has turned his back on England to play international football for Nigeria.Born and raised in the European country, Akpom has represented England at every youth level between U-16 and U-21, featuring 41 times and scoring 18 goals. However, Akpom disclosed he is swapping allegiances permanently, after giving the issue a great deal of thought.“I’ve only just recently switched my allegiance, so I’ve signed the documents and hopefully in the next few weeks it will be approved to enable me to play for Nigeria,” he told BBC Sport.“I’ve been wanting to do that for many years now but not many people know this. It’s just been a matter of sorting it out, which is now in a process. I’m looking forward to it. It was a personal decision. I’m Nigerian and my whole family feels very Nigerian and it will be nice to represent Nigeria.”Akpom had trained with Gernot Rohr’s men at Barnet in March 2017, and he is excited with the prospect of linking up his childhood friend, Alex Iwobi.“It will also be nice to link up with Alex Iwobi again and play for the national team. We started playing when we were younger together and to make that step to play for the national team together will be amazing,” he continued.“I wasn’t surprised because at the time he wasn’t playing for England, he came out of nowhere and he started playing for Arsenal and from there he just progressed, so I wasn’t surprised when he picked to play for Nigeria.“It was the better decision to make, now he’s played in the World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations. I’ve always said that I’d like to play with him again for Nigeria, we’ve always spoke about that.“We’ve played together since we were five and six years old, we grew up together. It took me a while to settle down and to get used to the environment in Greece. Going to play abroad and in another league has helped me, but I hope to take my career to the next level with Nigeria.”Before joining the Greek Super League outfit, the 23-year-old was sent on loan at Brentford, Coventry City, Nottingham Forrest, Hull City, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Sint-Truiden following his inability to get regular action at his boyhood club, Arsenal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

U.S. Navy suspends ties to museum over racist demonstration involving Colin Kaepernick jersey, attack dogs

first_imgA report in June suggested that Kaepernick was drawing “legitimate interest” from multiple NFL teams, but he has not been signed.Amid a global movement against racial injustice that has prompted multiple statements from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and a handful of teams, many have been pushing the league to get Kaepernick back into the NFL. Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins even suggested the league should assign Kaepernick to a team.Said Goodell on ESPN: “Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s going to take a team to make that decision, but I welcome that (and) support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.” After announcing it was investigating a 2019 demonstration caught on camera in which four military working dogs are seen attacking a man wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey, the United States Navy SEALs is suspending its support of the museum responsible for the act. The nonprofit museum is not sponsored by the military.”I have suspended our support to the Navy SEAL Museum as they conduct their own review of this incident,” said Rear Adm. Collin Green, the commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, in a message to the forces that was obtained by the Associated Press. “Each and every one of us serves to protect our fellow Americans — ALL Americans. Even the perception that our commitment to serving the men and women of this nation is applied unevenly is destructive. “We will revisit our relationship with the Museum when I am convinced that they have made the necessary changes to ensure this type of behavior does not happen again.”According to the SEALs’ initial statement, they were made aware of the demonstration when a pair of year-old videos resurfaced on social media on Aug. 2. The videos initially were posted on Instagram in January of last year but have since been removed.In another video, after “Navy SEALs and Navy SEAL dogs take down Colin Kaepernick for not standing during National Anthem,” he moans something like, “Oh man, I will stand” #BecauseFlorida— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) August 2, 2020″The inherent message of this video is completely inconsistent with the values and ethos of Naval Special Warfare and the U.S. Navy,” the SEALs’ statement read.Added Green in the Monday letter to the force: “While the museum is an independent non-profit organization and the participants were contracted employees from outside the DoD, in many ways, these facts are irrelevant. We have been inextricably linked to this organization that represents our history.”We may not have contributed to the misperception in this case, but we suffer from it and will not allow it to continue.”MORE: A full Colin Kaepernick kneeling timelineAlmost four years after he began protesting racial injustice and police brutality in America by sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games, Kaepernick remains out of a job. Now a 32-year-old free agent quarterback, he hasn’t played in the NFL since the last week of the 2016 season. Kaepernick ended up spending six years with the 49ers before his peaceful protest led to his apparently getting blackballed by the league’s team owners.An obvious reference to Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games, in the second video the SEALs are investigating, the man who was attacked by the dogs while on the ground says, “Oh, man, I will stand.”last_img read more