CPLT20: not all that glistens is gold

first_img a waste of money The Caribbean Premier League T20 has been going the rounds in the region for the past three years attracting huge crowds on its way. It has been almost like the Pied Piper. A few weeks ago, however, the highly respected cricket journalist, Tony Cozier wrote that the CPLT20 may not return to Barbados, and just over one week ago, an Australian director of the CPL, implored the people and the private sector of Jamaica to support it. The reason it may not return to Barbados, according to Cozier, is that despite the full houses at Kensington Oval, the CPLT20 has been losing money. According to CEO, Damien O’Donohue, and COO, Pete Russell, unless the government comes up with at least US$1 million, it probably will not be back, not if another territory comes with the money. And the director’s plea for help from Jamaica is along the same lines, in spite of the full houses at Sabina Park ever since the start of the CPL in 2013. The CPLT20, as popular as it is, is not making the sort of money it anticipated. According to the organisers, the CPLT20 spent some US$166 million around the region last year, it spent the money on things like players’ fees, grounds, hotel, air and ground transport, entertainers – music, dancing girls, and fire-eaters, officials, and promotion, and it created a lot of jobs in the process as well as promoting the tourism industries around the region. In return, according to their figures, the CPLT20, which attracted 220,000 spectators to the matches and earned US$47 million from it last year after beaming the matches to 65 million people around the world, is losing money. To them, it is only fair that since the television revenue and the live audiences cannot pay the bills, the territories should fall in line and pay their share for the benefits, the enjoyment, and the exposure they receive. And that seems only reasonable. The problem, however, is this: cricket, it is said, is a business, and in a business, it is not wise to spend more than it is possible to earn. And, based on the crowds which generally attend the matches, based on the admission fees to the matches, it seems the people cannot afford the matches, unless it is paid for by television. On top of that, West Indies cricket has been suffering from the lack of funds for a good while now, the grounds have been empty for a long time now. West Indies cricket needs support – it needs money. West Indies cricket is run by a group of volunteers, or it is supposed to. It would seem that if the governments were to ensure that any cricket survives, that were they to give money to anyone – if they had it to give – they would give it to save its own cricket run by its own people. It would seem that the people and governments of the West Indies, even if they could, would not rescue the CPLT20, a privately-owned endeavour, and not their own, not what they themselves have called the only unifying force in the West Indies. What is interesting is that, according to the CPLT20, Antigua dropped out last year because they could not make up the difference and were replaced by St Kitts and Nevis which paid $7 million for five years to join the party. What is also strange about that is that, according to CPLT20, every other territory paid a similar amount of money for a similar time in order that they can have the privilege of hosting the CPLT20. Seven million dollars for four matches each year is quite a lot of money, especially for poor countries like Jamaica and Barbados. Countries where the important needs are things like education, health, and housing, food and security. low revenue It is a waste of money, except from it can come enough money to assist in the funding of education, health, and housing, food and security. The West Indies board has been criticised time and time again for not spending enough money to promote the game and to build the game, money which it never had. The CPLT20, however, spends a lot of money each year. Apart from spending a lot of money on the players, it spends a lot of money on music, dancing girls, fire-eaters, prizes, and promotion. West Indies cricket does not have that type of money to spend, and so it has to survive on volunteers and to depend on cricket making new friends and winning back old friends. Although West Indies cricket is now based on a bidding system for the right to stage a Test match, and even though the territories have put up $7 million per season to host the CPL. West Indies cricket has to depend on the governments of the region to say no to those who would wish to come in and make money and then, when they spend too much, when they do not make enough money, turn around and ask the poor governments of poor people to help balance the books. The CPL is their show, and although the governments have a responsibility to provide entertainment for the people, the governments of the region have nothing to do with it. It is as simple as that. Another T20 tournament, the Champions League T20, has been cancelled this year, it was the tournament which brought together teams like the top teams of the Indian Premier League, the Big Bash, the NatWest T20 Blast, and the CPL, and it has been cancelled because of lack of interest by the spectators and by the broadcasters. The CPLT20 is an exciting tournament, and, with all its attractions and good intentions, it is good for cricket. It brings back the crowd. It may, however, be too big for the West Indies. The West Indies, the poor West Indies and its people simply cannot afford it as a cricket attraction. The West Indies, Jamaica and Barbados, Antigua, and Guyana, and others will just have to play cricket as they know it. The West Indies cannot hang its hat where it cannot reach it. The 18th century is a long way back, but as Thomas Gray wrote back then, “Not all that tempts your wandering eyes and heedless hearts is lawful prize, nor all that glistens, gold.”last_img read more

Ghana, Think Again

first_imgNews broke this week that the West African state of Ghana has accepted two Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo Bay, the infamous United States-run prison where accused terrorists were held for more than a decade without trial and tortured. To add insult to injury, Mr. Mahama, Ghana’s President, trivialized this major development, saying that Ghanaians had “nothing to fear”, as they would sooner die in a car accident than at the hands of the Yemenis.We ask Mr. Mahama not to insult our intelligence or treat us like children. This entire sub region has something to worry about. Indeed, Mr. Mahama, and by extension President Obama, has put this entire West African sub region at risk.Here are the intelligent questions we must ask:If the Yemenis have been freed and “just want to pick up the pieces of their lives”, if they are no longer a threat to society, then why are they, for all intents and purposes, still being detained? The men are said to be living in a security compound. The other question that needs answering is why the men were not charged. Why were they, for 14 years, held without trial? The third question: Are we now to believe them when they say, “We have suffered but we are not looking for revenge?”Since the men were not in fact tried, there is no way of knowing whether they were in fact al-Qaeda operatives or not, or if their unconstitutional detention further embittered them or not. Even if they weren’t al-Qaeda operatives, how exactly are they supposed to “pick up the pieces of their lives?” College educations? Flight school perhaps? Which companies would employ them with that kind of stigma? Of course, Ghana’s coastal neighbor, the almighty Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and one of the continent’s biggest militaries, has not been able to contain the threat of Boko Haram, whose terrorist atrocities have continued unabated for since 2009. Just last year, the group announced its new identity, the Islamic State in the West African Province. Some 20,000 people have been killed and another 2.3 million displaced across Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger. The shift in the group’s name alone is cause for all ECOWAS members to prepare for battle. If in fact the men were al-Qaeda operatives, even at the bottom rung, their next course of action would be to contact the nearest cell – Boko Haram. Worse still, Boko Haram might come calling on them. That would be an easy excuse for the group to further spread its Jihad. Uganda should not have accepted detainees either, with al-Shabab next door in Somalia. All that these terrorists need, after all, is an invitation in the form of acceptance of America’s detainees.Some international news agencies said sources informed them that Ghana received US$300 million to accept the prisoners. The very least the Ghanaian government could have done would have been to deal transparently with the issue. There would obviously be a budget for the men’s upkeep and for the beefing up of security as required. But for the Ghanaian government to give the impression that this involves no risk whatsoever to its own people, much less the West African sub region, is patently selfish, unconscionable and irresponsible.But we do understand that this operation is akin to a drug deal. For the seller, it’s business. Said seller has a product to offload. And while the buyer is not obligated to buy, he has a habit – money, the root of ALL evil. And in Africa, this particular seller has been all too happy to feed said habit.Where the discrepancies occur, of course, is when said seller tries to pass itself off as a savior seeking the best interests of the global community, all the while pushing various kinds of drugs (power, money, false promises) and unduly influencing the affairs of nations in the shadows. We advise Ghana, a nation full of highly educated thinkers, to reassess the risks not just to itself, but to the comity of West African nations already at risk, being such a volatile region. That child that says its mother will not sleep will also not sleep, and a town trap is not for rat alone. If America wants to clean out Guantanamo, she should repatriate all of their untried detainees back to their countries of origin with the means to rebuild their lives. That would be the honorable thing to do. But to offload them in other peaceful nations (whereas America herself does not want them) is equivalent to robbing Peter to pay Paul. Surely US$300 million could never begin to resettle a destabilized nation; or else Nigeria, the Middle East itself and the entire world would be at peace right this minute. But money is not the solution to every problem, and troubled nations should stop buying this drug.Finally, as a long term solution, America should stop manipulating the affairs of other nations. Perhaps then she herself may find peace and security at home.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chris Baby resigns as Peace Valley OSB plant G.M.

first_imgBut, he does add, while 2009 will still likely be a tough year, he thinks the Peace Valley OSB plant is well positioned for success in the long-term. [asset|aid=766|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=9e080fecadc4e7af9729e1efb3d894b9-baby-well_1_Pub.mp3] As for how long Baby thinks the current downturn will last… [asset|aid=767|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=9e080fecadc4e7af9729e1efb3d894b9-baby-howlong_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Chris Baby has tendered his resignation as General Manager of the Peace Valley OSB plant.Baby is leaving, after taking the position of Chief Operating Officer for Jet Equipment and Tools, based out of Burnaby BC. [asset|aid=764|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=9e080fecadc4e7af9729e1efb3d894b9-Baby-departure_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -Baby says Canfor and Louisiana Pacific were disappointed to hear he was leaving, but also appreciative of the work he’s done here, and understanding of the opportunity Chris had been given.It’s a new direction for him, after spending his entire career up until now in the forest sector, and he admits the current downturn has had an impact on the potential for both him, and the industry. [asset|aid=765|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=9e080fecadc4e7af9729e1efb3d894b9-baby-climate_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Baby’s last day on the job will be January 16th. He will be replaced in the interim by Maintainance Manager Don Soderlund, with the search for a permanent General Manager already underway.last_img read more

Mane the main man as Liverpool close on CL knockouts

first_imgBut this year Mane is leading Liverpool’s charge — his goal at Selhurst Park at the weekend was his 12th of the campaign and his 29th for the club in the calendar year.Mane frightens defences with his pace, direct running and skill and his goal return has eased the burden on the shoulders of Salah.Liverpool defender Robertson praised Mane after his goal in the 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace, which kept Liverpool eight points clear of second-placed Leicester in the Premier League.On Wednesday he will train his sights on Napoli in the Champions League, with a win guaranteeing Liverpool top spot in the group.“He has been fantastic,” said Robertson. “Even when I came he was amazing but maybe did not have as much composure as he does now in front of goal.“Now, every time he’s in front of goal you don’t think he’ll miss. The one he had at the start of the second half (of the Palace game), we were surprised he didn’t score and that is the type of player he is. You expect him to score and that is a good thing and he’s popped up with another crucial goal.”“The others are pitching in as well but it’s been a fantastic year for him and he’s taken his game to another level,” Robertson added.Mane joined Liverpool in 2016, a year before Salah, but the Egyptian quickly became the alpha male at Anfield, scoring 44 goals in all competitions in a remarkable debut season in 2017/18.Last season the two players shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the three forwards all scoring 22 goals.And Salah has pipped his teammate to the African player of the year award over the past two seasons.Both have been shortlisted again for this year’s prize and Mane, who reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal this year, is seen as an outsider to win the Ballon d’Or.– Liverpool strike force –Mane has talked about how lucky he is to play alongside his two attacking comrades-in-arms.“Every single player who plays alongside them would enjoy it because they are very good players and they make everything easy, so I just enjoy playing alongside them,” he told the official Liverpool magazine.Despite those warm words, there was a rare display of emotion from the 27-year-old earlier this season when he was substituted at Burnley, furious that Salah had not passed to him when he was in a better position.It led to suggestions that all was not harmonious between the pair, but Mane was quick to correct any impression of an underlying problem.“It can happen, he didn’t see me and I was frustrated. We are really good friends,” he said.A 176-second hat-trick for Southampton in 2015 catapulted Mane to worldwide attention.He joined Liverpool the following year for £34 million ($44 million) and was voted the club’s player of the year in his debut season.Last year the Senegalese signed a new deal committing him to the club until 2023.At the time Klopp called him the “complete” attacking player and said he had improved season by season.“The only criticism I could ever have of Sadio is that maybe at times he is the only one not to see just how good he is,” said the Liverpool boss.The question harassed defenders will be asking themselves is just how good he will be when he starts fully believing in himself.0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool forward Sadio Mane © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 25 – Sadio Mane has, in the words of Liverpool teammate Andy Robertson, “taken his game to another level”, stepping out of Mohamed Salah’s shadow to become arguably the main man at Anfield.The Senegal international shares star billing with Salah and Roberto Firmino as part of the European champions’ electrifying and fluid front three.last_img read more

INVESTIGATION UPDATE: INVESTMENT BOSS IN DONEGAL TONIGHT TO PROMISE MONEY BACK TO INVESTORS

first_imgEXCLUSIVE UPDATE: DOZENS OF investors in a dodgy get-rich-quick scheme are set to meet in north Donegal tonight with the man who sold them the investments, donegaldaily.com can reveal.The foreign national has told friends that he will go face-to-face with investors at the premises in a few hours time. A number of his sales people are also expected to attend.Those investors have been in a panic since this website broke news on how the Garda National Fraud Squad had raided a number of premises as part of an investigation into the investments. Detectives were acting on a tip-off from German and Estonian police forces who believed the scheme was illegal. Detectives are following a definite line of inquiry.Earlier we learned that a group of investors have spent the last 48 hours stalking premises of the foreign national crook behind the scheme and the homes of some of those who sold investments.And just in case there is any doubt, Garda sources have again confirmed to donegaldaily.com that they are investigating the man behind the scheme AND those who sold investments.There is growing anger amongst those who have invested heavily in a scheme which they were told would make returns of up to 40% over just two months. Garda detectives believe the crook is taking a massive gamble – they believe the crook thinks he can get away with the greatest swindle ever in Donegal because so many of the investors may have put in money they hadn’t otherwise declared to the Revenue.“It’s the perfect crime,” one investor told us at a meeting in Ballybofey today.“He has taken in money from people he believed wouldn’t going running to the Guards if that money disappeared.“But he has got this wrong if he and his so-called friends think they are going to get away with it. Let’s just say there’s a lot of boys running about the county at the moment and they’re not very happy.“I was told there would be a solution to all of this but there has been no solution and we haven’t had our money back. “And a lot of investors I know have put in legitimate cash investments so there’s no problem cooperating with the Guards.”We now know that up to 90 investors are waiting on returns worth jointly between €5M and €8M.The National Fraud Squad is leading the inquiry but this has led to other investigations by CAB and Revenue Commissioners.Another investor we met today was visibly shaking with anger as he told us: “I feel robbed. He might as well have put a gun to my head and robbed me.” This evening he told us: “This is the first I’ve heard of this meeting. I wasn’t invited but I will be there looking for my money.”INVESTIGATION UPDATE: INVESTMENT BOSS IN DONEGAL TONIGHT TO PROMISE MONEY BACK TO INVESTORS was last modified: December 16th, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EIRCOM HANG UP ON CULDAFF’S CALL FOR BROADBAND

first_imgTHERE has been huge disappointment after it was revealed that Eircom will not be upgrading Culdaff for broadband.Broadbandforculdaff.com, a group of more than 125 people in the town trying to get the updated internet connection, are miffed by the decision.Culdaff was never included in the National Broadband Scheme announced by the Government as it was deemed to have suitable coverage from North West Electronics, based in Derry.  They received funding to provide a Group Broadband Scheme in areas throughout Donegal several years ago but Culdaff was never included.Whilst Culdaff does benefit from the 3G coverage under the NBS it does not benefit from the minimum speed of 1.2MB agreed between the Department of Communications and Hutchison 3.Network provider 3 did erect a mast at Claggan in Culdaff in order to meet the terms of the NBS, to provide coverage to Glengad and Portaleen.The so called NBS scheme provided by 3, is not technically a broadband service, but is actually midband. According to locals in Culdaff it suffers from severe fluctuations in speed as the more users that latch on to a mast the slower it gets, and in December broadbandforculdaff.com calculated outages of seventy hours for the mast at Claggan, Culdaff where in fact no-one could access the internet.The government injected €79.8m into 3 to roll out the NBS and they installed 388 masts, an average of €205,670 for the Government.broadbandforculdaff.com contacted Eircom demanding a review of their policy and an upgrae of the local exchange.However they were told the upgrade would simply not make economic sense for the company. “When analysing it, the main costs incurred would be the upgrade of the transmission network serving the exchange. “There is approximately five and half kilometres of cable that would need to be completely replaced at a cost of approximately €250k.“The existing cable supports all existing voice services, but does not support the necessary bandwidth for broadband even if the broadband equipment was installed in the exchange. There are additional costs to provide the hardware for the exchange and these are currently estimated at approximately €15k.“There are just over 400 customers currently connected to the exchange, but unfortunately, even if every customer in Culdaff agreed to take eircom broadband for the next five years, eircom would not receive a return on the investment. “Making consideration for Culdaff’s local geography, there would almost certainly be a small but significant percentage of up to 20% of customers who would not be able to get DSL broadband if the exchange was enabled. “This is a result of the physical limitation of the technology and the distance the broadband signal has to travel over the copper lines to customers who live outside of the village in the surrounding community. The maximum distance is approximately 4-5 kilometres. This additional consideration also further weakens the business case.“It is disappointing that Culdaff has not been included in the National Broadband Scheme. Eircom made its position clear to the Department of Communications as far back as 2007 when we were asked to submit a full list of nationwide locations that would be enabled as well as those locations that would not be broadband enabled.“The Department of Communications can provide further clarification as to why Culdaff was not included in the NBS following the submissions made by the various operators,” said Eircom.Broadbandforculdaff.com is now calling on the Government to give Eircom the €265,000 required to upgrade the cables and exchange.“Each 3 NBS mast cost €205,670 for an unreliable ‘midband’ connection so we call on the government to give a similar amount to Eircom to make sure Culdaff is not excluded any longer,” said a spokesman.ENDSEIRCOM HANG UP ON CULDAFF’S CALL FOR BROADBAND was last modified: January 12th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:broadbandculdafflast_img read more

FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: WHAT HIS LAWYER SAID LAST MONTH

first_imgTHE following is an edited version of a letter sent by a solicitor on behalf of Mr de Dietrich six weeks ago.Dear SirsIt has been brought to our attention that you propose….. to publish an item in the course of which our above client will be named as being involved in a suspected “Ponzi scheme”, that is, a sophisticated fraud. According to our information and instructions, it will be claimed, among other things, that our client has been involved in defrauding, to a substantial extent, a number of “investors”, by falsely and untruthfully promising an unusually high rate of return on “investments” made.We are instructed to place on the record that any such allegations are wholly without foundation, are totally inaccurate, and are grossly defamatory.Our client has not been asked for any comment in relation to the matters, and had he been, he would have been in a position to advise you of the baseless nature of your information.We are instructed that, had the most rudimentary enquiries been made by yourselves, it would have been clear that no complaint of fraud has been made against our client. We are instructed to demand that any material relating to our client be shown to him, in advance of publication, for comment, and for an opportunity to correct potential inaccuracies.We are further instructed that if defamatory material is published notwithstanding this correspondence, we are to seek immediate relief from the High Court, to include injunctive relief and damages.The writer can be contacted on 086 XXX XXXX should you wish to discuss this matter further.Yours sincerelyXXXXXXXX Donegaldaily.com has contacted the lawyer to ask him if his client plans to hand himself over to the authorities in Northern Ireland on the foot of the warrant for his arrest.FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: WHAT HIS LAWYER SAID LAST MONTH was last modified: January 21st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

YOU COULDN’T MAKE IT UP! – GOVERNMENT AXES FUNDS FOR GROUP WHICH CREATES JOBS

first_img“It gave me a sense of pride and achievement, I felt good about myself.  I was extremely fortunate in that I was placed in a company who treated me with respect and dignity and who have now employed me directly.  The Begin Again Programme offers opportunities, mentoring, training and back up. The Irish Centre for Business Excellence – a not for profit business network under whose direction the Begin Again is run – says it is stunned after the government cut funding to its ‘Begin Again’ programme by discontinuing the Labour Market Activation Fund. A further 540 applicants and 518 companies (888 work placements) are registered with Begin Again for 2011. This is now under threat. Said Mr Buckley: “We have tried but failed to get an adequate explanation from Government. I don’t know how they can explain their decision when the programme has had such a great success rate thus far.” “There is a commitment from the employers that they will seek to offer a job at the end of it, if the placement works out to the satisfaction of both. “In 60% of cases people have been removed from the Live Register; giving between €5M and €10M back to the exchequer on an annual basis. We are gutted.” “We matched businesses to the skills of the people who joined our programme and they provided their skills to those businesses for twelve week work placements. Ann Marie Perry, who now works as a Fundraising Admnistrator with the charity Bothar in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, said:  “Begin Again provided me with the chance to establish myself in an office environment, to put into practice the skills I had acquired as a result of going back to college and to prove to myself and my host company that I could do it. By continuing the programme in 2011, Begin Again could train up to 700 people with an estimated 450 people returning to work and generating between €10-20 million annually to the exchequer. The organisation is hosting a day-long series of events in Glenties, Co Donegal, this Saturday Feb 19 called ‘Positivity Day’.center_img And some of those who found positions thanks to placements organised by the company say the decision flies in the face of political party promises to create jobs. Director John Buckley said today: “I have to admit we are in a state of shock. The programme is aimed at experienced and professional individuals and despite the fact it has only operated since last June it had been very successful. A PROJECT which has successfully returned dozens of Donegal people to work is in shock after the Government axed funding – despite a 60% success rate. In Donegal alone there are over 90 participants and these include 15 graphic design / multimedia graduates, 32 people training as sports / fitness coaches with GAA clubs and schools throughout the county and 16 participants on a Woodland worker development programme. It is expected that a majority of these people will procure long term jobs through participation in the programme. The scheme was funded by the Labour Market Activation Fund, operated by the Department of Education and Skills and there are currently 402 people participating in the programme nationwide. (Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Donegal and Sligo). “There is always someone at the end of the phone if there are any problems or queries, regardless how seemingly trivial they may beYOU COULDN’T MAKE IT UP! – GOVERNMENT AXES FUNDS FOR GROUP WHICH CREATES JOBS was last modified: February 15th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

COILLTE STANCE WITH EUROPE PREVENTING CREATION OF DONEGAL JOBS- CLAIM

first_imgAN energy scheme which could create hundreds of jobs in Letterkenny has been stalled by EU officials because of a stand-off over cash.The REFIT scheme — backed by the Government and the EU — is intended to create jobs and meet targets for the use of renewable fuel in the generation of energy at a series of small power plants here.Farmers and companies running the plants are guaranteed a minimum price for green electricity they produce and are paid for the amount of energy generated per hour. But now it has emerged forestry agency Coillte is demanding those prices be increased. The semi-state company will benefit from higher prices because it would be the biggest supplier of fuel to run plants, as it controls 50pc of Irish forestry.But Brussels officials, who have to clear the proposals under state aid rules, are unhappy with the company’s demands and have put the scheme on ice until the Department of Energy redrafts the plans.It is understood Coillte wants up to 16c per kilowatt hour of energy generated — significantly higher than the 12c proposed for biomass energy.The scheme was supposed to be up and running this year but the Department of Energy has received correspondence from European officials in the past month highlighting their opposition to Coillte’s demands. Renewable energy companies say the hold-up is delaying the creation of thousands of jobs because they cannot access any funding until the scheme gets the green light from Europe.These would include construction, operational and transport jobs, said Alan Fox, owner of Shamrock Renewable Fuels who is ready to employ up to 300 staff through the scheme.The company has a biomass plant ready to go in Letterkenny – and another one in Meath.Mr Fox said: “We have already invested €4.5m in obtaining grid connections and planning permissions ahead of the scheme. As a manufacturer of biomass energy systems we are losing out in exports.”COILLTE STANCE WITH EUROPE PREVENTING CREATION OF DONEGAL JOBS- CLAIM was last modified: March 3rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more