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IEA: Renewable generation capacity expected to climb by 1,200GW in next five years

first_imgIEA: Renewable generation capacity expected to climb by 1,200GW in next five years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by a resurgence in solar energy.The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that solar, wind and hydropower projects are rolling out at their fastest rate in four years. Its latest report predicts that by 2024 a new dawn for cheap solar power could see the world’s solar capacity grow by 600GW, almost double the installed total electricity capacity of Japan. Overall, renewable electricity is expected to grow by 1,200GW in the next five years, the equivalent of the total electricity capacity of the US.“This is a pivotal time for renewable energy,” said the IEA’s executive director, Fatih Birol. “Technologies such as solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind are at the heart of transformations taking place across the global energy system. Their increasing deployment is crucial for efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, reduce air pollution, and expand energy access.”The Guardian reported earlier this month that a renewable energy revolution could end the world’s rising demand for oil and coal in the 2020s, decades ahead of forecasts from oil and mining companies.Renewable energy sources make up 26% of the world’s electricity today, but according to the IEA its share is expected to reach 30% by 2024. The resurgence follows a global slowdown last year, due to falling technology costs and rising environmental concerns. However, Birol warned that the role of renewables in the global energy system would need to grow even faster if the world hopes to meet its climate targets.The IEA expects solar energy to play the biggest role in jumpstarting fresh growth in global renewable energy because falling costs are already below retail electricity prices in most countries. The cost of solar power is expected to decline by a further 15% to 35% by 2024, spurring further growth over the second half of the decade.More: Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years – reportlast_img read more

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Valencia: An Example of Venezuela’s Industrial Deterioration

first_imgBy Adriana Núñez Rabascall/Voice of America (VOA) December 27, 2019 Rows of locked gates, rusty pieces of metal, and weeds growing in the backyards of factories mark the landscape of Valencia, a two-hour drive from the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The country’s once industrial city is an example of the deterioration in business activities.The Venezuelan Industrial Confederation (Conindustria, in Spanish) says the situation is a result of the expropriation policy and restrictions imposed by the government of former President Hugo Chávez and the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro.“Companies that operate now are working at a top capacity of 20 percent. We don’t have statistics that are 100 percent certain, but of 13,000 companies that were active in Venezuela, about 2,500 are still in business,” Luis Alberto Hernández, head of the Carabobo State Industrial Chamber, told Voice of America.The main engine of the economy in this area of central Venezuela was the assembly of automobiles for transnational companies General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.Hernández says that of these three companies, “General Motors has already left the country. The facilities were abandoned […] and the other two, Ford and Chrysler, have not produced a single vehicle this year [2019].”According to Conindustria, 80 percent of companies in the country acknowledged that they had to decrease their production in 2018.In the first quarter of 2019, only 65 cars were produced in the entire country, a minuscule amount compared to the 45,000 units produced a decade earlier, according to the Automotive Chamber of Venezuela.“Years before, the industrial area was very productive. Now it has declined a bit. Some companies have closed. The few remaining have reduced personnel. They have closed down due to the situation,” Yenny Bravo, a worker in Valencia’s industrial area, told VOA.Gregorio Briceño worked in the automotive industry from 1979 until a couple of years ago. His position no longer exists. “General Motors was once able to make 200 to 309 vehicles a day. Now, everything is paralyzed,” he told VOA.The industry’s main claim for its downfall is the lack of raw materials for production and price control policies.In the last five years, 44 international companies like Kellogg’s and Firestone left Venezuela, said Conindustria, due to obstacles to operating in the country.last_img read more

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LA Dodgers acquire Josh Reddick and Rich Hill, keep Yasiel Puig and top prospects

first_imgYasiel Puig is still on the roster, though he did not fly with the team to Colorado for Tuesday’s game against the Rockies. Dodgers management told Puig’s representatives to prepare for the 25-year-old right fielder to be traded. When that didn’t happen, they told Puig to expect to be optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Chris Archer is still a Tampa Bay Ray. Chris Sale and Jose Quintana are still in Chicago. Jay Bruce (New York Mets), Matt Moore (San Francisco), Jeremy Jeffress and Jonathan Lucroy (Texas) all switched teams without the Dodgers’ involvement.“The Oakland deal really started getting into the final stages late last night and we were able to start the medicals on that,” Zaidi said. “It wasn’t quite as frantic as the other deals going on.”Most of the top names in the Dodgers’ farm system stayed put. That includes left-hander Julio Urias and right-hander Jose De Leon, their top two pitching prospects.Right-handed pitchers Grant Holmes, Jharel Cotton and Frankie Montas went to Oakland for Hill and Reddick. Pitcher Mike Bolsinger was traded to the Blue Jays for Chavez, a Fontana native. The Associated Press reported that Toronto sent an additional $1.15 million to the Dodgers in the trade.In their final move before the deadline, the Dodgers acquired Fields from Houston for Yordan Alvarez, a 19-year-old first baseman. Fields was on the roster of the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate and will be assigned prior to the Dodgers’ game against the Rockies.Players can be traded after Aug. 1 via the waiver process. It’s still possible that the Dodgers can trade Puig in this manner. They acquired Chase Utley last year, and Adrian Gonzalez in 2012, after each was placed on waivers. Zaidi declined to comment on Puig’s status on a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon.If they do nothing else, the Dodgers have already made two significant changes to their 25-man roster.Zaidi said that Reddick is “is a two-way player, a power hitter, a Gold Glove caliber outfielder. I think he was as good as any position player available in this trade market.” The 29-year-old has eight home runs and a .296 batting average in 68 games this season.Hill, 36, has a 9-3 record and a 2.25 ERA in 14 starts this season.“Just from a pure performance standpoint, (Hill) is as good as any pitcher traded today or in the last week or so.”Yet each comes with question marks about his health.Hill is on the 15-day disabled list with a finger blister and can’t be activated before Thursday. The 36-year-old left-hander also missed time this season with a groin injury. Zaidi said he did not have an exact timetable for when Hill might be activated.Reddick, who will wear number 11 (his number with Oakland, 22, is worn by Clayton Kershaw), missed time this year with a fractured hand. Both players will become free agents at the end of the season.Chavez, 32, has made 39 appearances out of the bullpen this season, going 1-2 with a 4.57 earned-run average. Zaidi said he envisions the right-hander in a “swingman” role, capable of pitching multiple innings out of the bullpen or starting on short notice.Fields, 30, has made 15 relief appearances in the majors this season (0-0, 6.89 ERA) and 23 at Triple-A (1-0, 1.65).The Dodgers are currently two games behind the Giants for first place in the National League West. San Francisco stocked up on lefties Monday, getting Moore from the Rays and set-up man Will Smith from the Milwaukee Brewers in separate deals.“A lot has been made that our division pitching is very left-handed,” Zaidi said. “We do have some right-handed bench bats that can come in and spell some guys and create a different look.”Zaidi said he’s still “optimistic” that Kershaw will return this season. The Dodgers’ ace is out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his back. Left-handers Alex Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu are also on the disabled list with potential season-ending injuries, while right-hander Bud Norris was removed from his most recent start with an injury to his lat muscle.Reddick can help fill the void left by Andre Ethier, a corner outfielder who’s missed the entire season with a broken right leg.Ethier’s situation, Zaidi said, “is a little bit like with (Kershaw) where we’re hopeful but you certainly can’t plan on it. I think we sort of had to take the approach at the deadline like, we just have to make do with the information that we have and you can’t do your shopping later.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Farhan Zaidi said the Dodgers were in the market for an everyday hitter and a starting pitcher before the non-waiver trade deadline. The general manager wasn’t keen on giving up his top position player prospects.In that regard, Monday had to be considered a success. In three separate trades the Dodgers acquired left-handed pitcher Rich Hill and right fielder Josh Reddick from the Oakland A’s, along with Toronto Blue Jays reliever Jesse Chavez and Houston Astros reliever Josh Fields.“What we were looking for more than anything,” Zaidi said, “were guys who can come in and help us in the division race.”The trades the Dodgers did not make were more telling.last_img read more

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INISHOWEN GETTING READY FOR A HUGE SPRING CLEAN-UP

first_imgThe Inishowen Spring Clean Challenge is taking place on Saturday 12th April 2014. This is a particular focus across the Inishowen Peninsula and is part of the National Spring Clean month.During the National Spring Clean month of April 2014 hundreds of thousands of volunteers across Ireland will take part in cleaning their community. The communities in the Inishowen Electoral Area will play their part in the National clean up month throughout April, with some groups carrying out weekly cleanups in their communities throughout the whole year. An exceptional effort which deserves great credit.It has now become an annual event over the past few years where the numerous groups and communities in the Inishowen Electoral Area have worked together on a nominated Saturday during the Spring Clean Month to carry out a Peninsula wide clean up. In particular this mass clean up has focused on by-roads and side streets between towns and villages as well as the main thoroughfares.Through the National Spring Clean campaign and Donegal County Council’s Spring Summer Clean up campaign support is given to groups intending to carry out a clean up in the form of the provision of Bags, Gloves and Litter Pickers.Any group that registers with An Tasice will receive a clean up kit but you may require additional materials, if so please contact the Water and Environment Section in the Donegal County Council Public Service Centre at Carndonagh on 074 91 53900. For further information on the Clean Up event in your area contact your local Tidy Towns or Community organisation for particular local arrangements and to find out about the local assembly points.Be Safe Be Seen – Please bring reflective coats to maximise visibility and safetyTo register for National Spring Clean call the National Spring Clean Hotline on (01) 4002219 or register online by logging onto to the website at www.nationalspringclean.orgIf you are unable to carry out a clean up in April you can still receive support from Donegal County Council’s Spring Summer clean up campaign which will provide resources throughout the summer time. For more information contact Donegal County Council on 074 9153900 or visit www.donegalcoco.ie .Share your Spring Clean By posting details, pictures and videos of your events on the National Spring Clean’s Facebook page you can show the world all the great work you’ve done. It’s also the quickest way to find out whats going on and where in Spring Clean 2013.INISHOWEN GETTING READY FOR A HUGE SPRING CLEAN-UP was last modified: March 28th, 2014 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:clean-updonegalInishowenlast_img read more

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Warriors’ D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans may return next week

first_imgGuard D’Angelo Russell is making progress after missing the last seven games with a right thumb injury and could return next week.Russell, who is traveling with the team during their five-game trip, will not play Sunday in Orlando or Monday in Atlanta, but hasn’t yet been ruled out for games in Charlotte or Chicago.In 10 games, Russell is averaging a career high of 24.3 points per game while shooting 45.5% overall and 35.4% from 3-point range, as well as 6.7 assists.After Stephen Curry was …last_img read more

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Play Your Part ambassadors off to US

first_img2014 Mandela Washington Fellows during the Summit with President Obama. (Image: Young African Leaders Initiative)Two Play Your Part ambassadors have been chosen to participate in President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme for Young African Leaders.Bongekile Radebe and Sandiso Sibisi are both social entrepreneurs devoted to improving the lives of others.Radebe is a 23-year-old woman from Mohlakeng, in Randfontein. She’s a passionate, value-driven and dynamic young leader who works in youth development and social entrepreneurship.Sibisi has been leading and participating in community development for six years. Her most relevant contribution has been towards the development of previously disadvantaged young women.THE FELLOWSHIPThe Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders began in 2014 and is the flagship programme of the American president’s Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali), which empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.In 2016, the fellowship will give 1 000 outstanding young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to hone their skills at an American higher education institution. They will also receive support for their professional development once they return home.The fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organisations, institutions, communities, and countries.In 2015, fellows represented all 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa; 50% were women. It was the first time 76% of the fellows spent a substantial period of time in the United States.HER DESTINYBongekile Radebe is passionate about women empowerment. Radebe has been recognised as a future promising leader by Destiny magazine. Her passion for female leadership led her to found Her Destiny, a social enterprise that has partnered with Toni Glass, the tea company. Her Destiny influences empowering conversations between young women in connecting generations, improving personal development and understanding financial literacy.Her Destiny helps young women to participate in the economic acceleration of South Africa, to talk about issues that affect women the most and to work together to overcome challenges.Through Her Destiny, for every Toni Glass bottle of iced tea sold, R1 is contributed to their Young Women’s Education Fund. The fund helps to ease the living experience of young women at university.Radebe is a patriotic young South African who plays her part by promoting the culture of nation building.BORN TO SUCCEEDSandiso Sibisi is helping skill women in the business sphere.Sibisi has been leading and participating in community development for six years. Her most relevant contribution has been in the development of previously disadvantaged young women.Her programme, Born to Succeed, primarily focuses on business skills training, professional development, job placement and mentoring of unemployed young women in Gauteng.She founded the organisation, as well as took charge of all fundraising activities, and designed, organised and marketed the programme. Today it is staffed by an administrator, communications officer, project manager and marketer. It attracts previously disadvantaged young women from all over the country and appeals to Johannesburg investors.Sibisi also serves on the bursary committee of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa. The committee focuses on helping previously disadvantaged, bright students from rural communities get university funding.last_img read more

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Gov Snyder signs Rep Forlini electronic notice legislation

first_img21May Gov. Snyder signs Rep. Forlini electronic notice legislation Lawmaker: Email communication easier for landlord and tenant Categories: Newscenter_img Governor Snyder today signed into law legislation ensuring that landlords and renters have another legal venue to discuss renter status.House Bill 4038, introduced by state Rep. Anthony Forlini, allows landlords to send notices via e-mail. Rep. Forlini said one purpose of the bill was to ensure that tenants are properly and legally informed of their status.“Paper notices are becoming more and more outdated, and can be lost or damaged through no fault of either party,” said Rep. Forlini, R-Harrison Township. “Electronic contact is the commonplace standard today, and this legislation will make these sensitive communications both easier to deliver and more private on behalf of the renter.”Rep. Forlini said the bill also allows property managers to more easily and reliably deliver notifications to their tenants. The legislation would provide that tenants must give advance permission in a written agreement.“Most people these days check their e-mail far more often than their mailbox,” Rep. Forlini said, “They deserve the opportunity to be informed of these notices as soon as possible, and landlords should be able to use the best technology available to communicate effectively with their renters.”House Bill 4038 is now Public Act 36 of 2015.last_img read more

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Connected TV specialist Capablue has completed a r

first_imgConnected TV specialist Capablue has completed a round of funding and recruited a new director.Capablue said it would use the money to scale the company, improve business development in vertical sectors, strengthen its cloud-based technology platform and expand internationally. The company has also appointed advertising entrepreneur Charlie Makin as a director. Makin will help Capablue to increase its profile among brand owners and advertising agencies.“The market for the consumption of content and services has changed with the emergence of internet connected devices,” said Makin. “People now interact with content and brands over a number of devices and this market is continuing to grow. New technologies like Capablue’s are enabling both brands and agencies, regardless of size, to evolve with this changing TV market and reach new audiences worldwide. This is an untapped market for these companies and I’m looking forward to working with Capablue to change that.”last_img read more

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BSkyB has extended its quality assurance agreement

first_imgBSkyB has extended its quality assurance agreement with Agama, using the latter’s monitoring solution to now also cover OTT service playout for Sky’s Now TV and Sky Go offerings.Sky has expanded its existing monitoring solution from Agama, allowing it to  ensure that its adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming services are available with the right quality, improving the end-user experience.“At Sky we are committed to offering our customers high-quality content and the best quality TV experience possible. The Agama solution provides crucial insights to improve and ensure our OTT service delivery platform, which supports us in delivering a high-quality experience and service to our customers,” said Sky’s senior design engineer for emerging technologies, Vlad Korotkov.last_img read more