Bobby Zamora is a shock target for mega-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, it is claimed.Zamora left Fulham in January.Zamora only joined QPR from Fulham in January but The People say Anzhi boss Guus Hiddink is planning to launch a bid for him in the summer.The People also say Cardiff are trying to sign Tommy Smith on loan – despite R’s boss Mark Hughes making it clear he will not allow any of his 25-man squad to leave – and that Middlesbrough want to sign young centre-back Dan Burn from Fulham.Related story: Smith and Mackie staying at QPR, says boss (2 February)The paper also suggest Manchester United are on the trail of Fulham playmaker Moussa Dembele.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Solar also makes a good post-landfill tenantPotential exposure to toxic water or gases can make regulators nervous about building residential projects atop old landfills. Investor uncertainty about building solar farms on old landfills can be an obstacle to solar development as well, SunEdison’s Thomas Leyden told Construction Dive.Still, the idea is proving very appealing. A website called Waste 360 lists proposed or completed photovoltaic (PV) projects in South Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Connecticut. The Boston Globe reports that a federal Superfund site in Billerica, Massachusetts, is now the home of a 6-megawatt PV project. Urban Green Technologies completed the project on 40 acres of the old Shaffer landfill two years ago.The station includes 20,000 PV modules that make enough electricity for about 1,200 homes. The company will pay the town nearly $3 million over 25 years in lieu of taxes, in addition to paying $400,000 in back taxes on the site.“It was a complicated deal to negotiate … several parties were involved,” Town Manager John C. Curran told The Globe. “But the end result is the town is going to realize tax revenue on a site that was previously tax-delinquent and generating no tax revenue for decades.”Projects don’t have to be huge to succeed. Belfast, Maine, for example, became the first community in the state to use a capped landfill for a solar farm when it opened a solar farm facility earlier this year on a 10-acre landfill that closed in 1993. It’s rated at 122 kilowatts — not much by Billerica’s standards, but still enough to generate about $20,000 worth of electricity per year, a 20% offset for the town’s electric bill. Closed landfills, even former Superfund sites, are becoming fair game for developers who use them for projects ranging from residential and commercial developments to solar farms.There are technical challenges, to be sure — settling terrain as buried refuse breaks down, gases given off by the site, and liquid wastes that leach out of the ground — but once engineers find ways around those problems, the landfills can offer new acreage in areas where open space is hard to find.Related Companies, for example, recently won unanimous approval from the Santa Clara, California, City Council for a $6 billion mixed-use development on 40 acres of the city’s landfill, Construction Dive reports. The retail and residential village is part of the 240-acre CityPlace proposed by Related. When complete, CityPlace would include 5.7 million square feet of offices, 1.1 million square feet of retail space, 700 hotel rooms, and 1,360 apartments — the largest private development in Silicon Valley history.Construction could start late in 2017, providing that Related gets the remaining permits it needs.Building high-end projects over old dumps may seem counterintuitive, but there’s nothing unusual about it, says New York attorney Dennis Toft.“Everyone is afraid of the unknown, but, on the flipside, you have these large tracts of land — frequently owned by municipalities or by people who are no longer managing them — that can be very attractive for redevelopment,” he told Construction Dive. Sites present many challengesFrom a sustainable building standpoint, former landfills are ideal sites for new development because they recycle land that’s already been used and allow undeveloped property in the area to stay undeveloped. Still, builders have to solve some difficult engineering problems to make the projects work.One problem is the inherent instability of the ground. As waste decomposes, the ground can settle. If the project atop the landfill is a golf course, that’s not a big problem. But if the developer is putting up office buildings or apartments, engineers must find ways to stabilize the area. The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that Related’s Santa Clara project includes construction of an enormous platform over the landfill. Developers will drive deep pilings to support the platform.The fluid that trickles out of a landfill — that is, the leachate — often carries contaminants with it. These contaminants can spoil both the soil and the groundwater. Decomposing garbage also creates gases that seep out of the soil, and these gases can be trapped by a building’s foundation. Developers sometimes have to install a permeable layer of gravel to channel gases away from a building, or install a membrane beneath the building to keep gases out of living spaces.These problems, however, are not insurmountable. Anna Amarandos, who is working on site preparation for the Santa Clara project, told Construction Dive that clients involved in developments of this kind are used to the lengthy timelines that permitting and construction take. “Some of my clients are pretty experienced with complex projects like these,” she said, “and they don’t scare easily.”
Parents of Ehtesham Bilal, 19 — who went missing on October 28 but reappeared on Friday in an online post, wielding weapons under the Islamic State banner — asked their son to return home and appealed to Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind chief Zakir Musa to help them.Distraught and refusing to take meals, Bilal’s mother appealed to her son to shun the militant outfit. “Whatever group you have joined, please return. I appeal to Zakir Musa and will pray for his long life, help me in returning my son,” she said in a video.Bilal, who was a student at Sharda University in Noida was reported missing on October 28by his parents. His father, who owns a hardware shop in Srinagar, expressed shock over his son’s purported audio message,where he pledges allegiance to the IS-motivated Jundul Khilafah and to IS’s Iraq-based leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.“I heard your audio message. You talk about Islam. Islam says heaven lies under the feet of mother. Islam warns against disobedience to your parents. I order you to return to your family, Your mother hasn’t eaten anything [since you went missing],” he said.On Friday, a six-minute audio, attributed to Bilal, and pictures, where he was wielding a gun and weapons strapped with an IS flag in the backdrop, were uploaded on social media. “I was looking into the eyes of those 100 kufaars (non-Muslims) when they attacked me in groups like dogs. I was defending my Afghan muslim brothers. I was even then an advocate of khilaf (Islamic State)…and have chosen the path of jihad,” Bilal purportedly says in the audio.He was apparently referring to a clash that took place between local and Afghan students at Sharda University on October 4. A senior counter-insurgency police officer told The Hindu that Bilal has joined militant ranks and his movement was traced to Srinagar and Pulwama. “We are investigating the matter,” the officer said.National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah described the development as “a worrying trend”.“If this is genuine, it’s hugely worrying. Sometimes, seemingly small actions have huge consequences. If what happened to him at Sharda University has led him to choose such a destructive path, it’s even more tragic. One more life on the path to ruin and one more family in turmoil,” Mr. Abdullah tweeted.