Former Taoiseach predicts Brexit deal by end of weekend

first_img WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – December 18, 2020 Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern says he believes there will be a post-Brexit trade deal by the end of the weekend. British and EU negotiators will resume talks this morning, after the British Prime Minister and the European Commission president spoke by phone last night.Ursula Von Der Leyen says “big differences remain” and that bridging them will be “very challenging”, with the transition period ending in less than two weeks.Bertie Ahern says he believes there will be a deal in the next few days – as long as the British get a concession on fisheries:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Previous articleDanny Lafferty returns to Derry CityNext articleFull National Broadband Plan some time away for Donegal News Highland Twittercenter_img Facebook Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Former Taoiseach predicts Brexit deal by end of weekend Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Green Mountain Power commissions its first methane plant at Westminster Farms

first_imgGreen Mountain Power (GMP), headquartered in Colchester, Vermont, has added farm methane to its portfolio of renewable energy sources, which includes hydro, wind, landfill methane and a planned solar plant, with the commissioning of the Westminster Farms plant. About 1,200 cows will provide enough manure to produce about 225 kw of electricity. That’s enough electricity to power about 250 homes.”This arrangement is a winner for all involved. I want to congratulate Green Mountain Power and Westminster Farms for working together to make this project possible,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Not only does this allow Green Mountain Power to provide low cost alternative energy to their customers, but it also gives the farm a much needed revenue boost.”While generating power from manure is not a new concept in Vermont, the arrangement represents an important step toward creating a sustainable model for farmers. The farm will receive a fixed price per kilowatthour generated that will ensure that it gets enough money to keep the project profitable.”This kind of pricing arrangement makes it possible for the farmers to count on this revenue for their operations,” said Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power president and chief executive officer. “Our customers are choosing to buy renewable energy for a lot of reasons, but we often hear that helping preserve the local economy and way of life is an important factor. With so many Vermont farms closing shop, diversifying with the addition of electrical generation will help increase their chances of survival.”An added benefit, according to Shawn Goodell, one of the owners of Westminster Farms, “is the $80,000 per year savings in operation costs that we’ll have. That’s the amount of money we spend on bedding for the cows. The revenue stream from producing milk, electricity and offsets for operational cost will help ensure the viability for the farm for future generations of our family.”The project is the result of collaboration between Green Mountain Power, Westminster Farms and a number of State and Federal agencies. Westminster Farms made a significant investment of nearly $700,000 in the project. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provided $358,993 in rural development grants and $348,268 in loan guarantees. The Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund of $250,000 was also crucial to the undertaking. GMP committed $175,000. The Vermont Department of Agriculture provided a $50,000 grant as well as $10,000 from the Renewable Energy for America Program.The Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), the agricultural financing program of the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA), approved $348,268 to support the digester project. “We were very pleased to help the Westminster Energy Group bring this project to fruition,” said Jo Bradley, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer. “VACC has supported several anaerobic digester projects in recent years, helping Vermont farmers realize their renewable energy goals.”Green Mountain Power customers will also help with the ongoing payment to Westminster Farms. Green Mountain Power customers have the option of choosing to purchase renewable energy through GreenerGMP. Customers opting to pay an additional 3 cents per kwh support projects like Westminster Farms, as well as power from the Moretown Landfill methane plant. In the near future solar will be added to the list as Green Mountain Power is in the permitting process for a 200 kw solar plant.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power ( is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’s population. It serves more than 200,000 people and businesses.Source: GMP. COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – October 20, 2009) –last_img read more

Softball swept; losing skid reaches 8 games

first_imgUW pitcher Letty Olivarez lost her 20th game of the season in the Badgers loss to the Fighting Irish.[/media-credit]Maybe it was the strong wind blowing in from the lake. Or maybe it was the familiar lack of hitting and untimely mental errors. Either way, the University of Wisconsin softball team lost its eighth game in a row after being swept by Notre Dame in a doubleheader.After losing the first game 5-0, the Badgers dropped a 4-2 decision in the series finale to fall to 12-30 on the season. Both games were marked with a single inning that changed the tide in favor of Notre Dame.In a departure from their tendency to sleepwalk through the first game and come to life in the second, the Badgers gave a consistent effort in the doubleheader. Junior Letty Olivarez held the potent Fighting Irish offense to just one run until a messy seventh inning where they tacked on four more.“It’s pretty frustrating because obviously we’ve been struggling all this time … and then here comes that bad inning and we just blow it ourselves,” Olivarez said.Miscommunication and walks led to things falling apart for the UW pitcher in the seventh. Notre Dame gave Wisconsin a gift when a runner left early from third, an automatic out. The situation was only exacerbated by the wind that gusted in from the outfield. Throughout the series, the wind caused the Badgers outfielders to misjudge at least three fly balls.“In defense of the kids a little bit, the wind was really bad,” head coach Chandelle Schulte said. “I have expectations [they] should be able to make those plays, but that was tough.”As much as the wind hindered Wisconsin, it seemed to help Notre Dame. UW’s Livi Abney appeared to have a bloop hit into right field early in the first game until it hung up in the wind long enough for the Notre Dame second baseman to make an outstretched catch. The gusts also seemed to slow in time for ND’s Alexia Clay to hit an opposite field home run against Leah Vanevenhoven in the second game.There were bright spots for the Badgers in the series though. Outside of the seventh innings of both games, UW gave up just three runs total. In each game, Wisconsin held Notre Dame to under its average of 5.60 runs scored. UW also turned down two double plays, one coming with one out and the bases loaded. And down 2-0 in the second game, the Badgers finally strung together quality at bats to tie the game at 2-2 in the sixth inning.After catcher Dana Rasmussen drew a one-out walk, Krueger slapped a hard hit ball over a drawn-in outfield for a triple and her first RBI of the season.“Coach Schulte just told me she noticed the outfielders were playing in really far, so if I just got a hold of anything, I was going to be running for a while,” Krueger said.While most of Krueger’s hits are grounders or bloops she beats out at first, there was no doubt she was going for extra bases on that hit. Third baseman Theresa Boruta followed up with a bloop single to right field to tie the game.“It is exciting. We haven’t scored a lot and [though] just as exciting as it is there, [it’s] just as bad as it is in the seventh inning to go behind,” Schulte said. “You want to capture that momentum. Had we kept [it], I thought we had a good shot at winning in the (bottom of the) seventh.”The untimely Notre Dame home run in the top of the seventh made it 4-2 though, and Wisconsin’s hitting fell back to earth in the bottom of the inning. UW’s offense managed just five hits and drew two walks in the series, while Notre Dame’s Brittney Bargar and Jody Valdivia combined for 18 strikeouts.“We knew that they were coming in and out and in and out, but instead of [staying with] our plan and waiting for one specific in or one specific out, we were chasing what they wanted us to chase,” Olivarez said. “We should have known what was coming.”In the end, it was a familiar result for Wisconsin. Schulte said that while there were signs of life in the series, someone needs to decide to be the catalyst if the Badgers are going to get another win.“Something’s gotta change. Somebody’s gotta step up and change the course of the game,” Schulte said. “I don’t think it’s really adjustments at this point, it’s confidence. Somebody’s gotta hit the ball, and [then] other people will.”last_img read more