first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The world’s biggest tech companies fueled a record surge in the amount of renewable energy sold directly to global corporations last year, according to new figures.Tech giants including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft have emerged as the biggest buyers of renewable energy to help power their data centres. Tech firms bought almost a quarter of the renewable energy sold to global companies last year, according to the report.BloombergNEF found that 100 companies in 23 countries struck deals to buy 19.5GW of renewable energy last year, up 40% from the record set the year before. The so-called power purchase agreements (PPAs) are likely to have cost between $20bn and $30bn (£15bn to £23bn), making up about 10% of the world’s total renewable energy investments in 2019.Kyle Harrison, the lead author of the report, said: “The clean energy portfolios of some of the largest corporate buyers rival those of the world’s biggest utilities. These companies are facing mounting pressure from investors to decarbonise.”In 2019 alone, nearly 400 companies committed to set evidence-based climate targets, more than doubling the total number of firms with these goals. Sixty-three companies vowed to buy enough clean energy to meet 100% of their energy demand. These sustainability commitments are expected to fuel clean energy investments of almost $100bn over the next decade to build 105GW of new solar and wind power plants globally, said BNEF.[Jillian Ambrose]More: Tech giants power record surge in renewable energy sales Corporate renewable energy purchases totaled 19.5GW in 2019—BNEFlast_img read more

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first_imgAfter a long winter, we could all use a little extra motivation to get back outside and enjoy the new season. That’s where the Rivanna Outdoor Gear and Film Festival comes in: during this event chock full of demonstrations, speakers, films, and gear sales, you’re bound to “get inspired to get outdoors”.On Sunday, March 29 from 1 to 4 p.m., gear retailers and outdoor enthusiasts alike will gather at Fluvanna County High School in Palmyra, Va., for an afternoon of films, discussion, and great deals on fancy new equipment. The feature film, beginning at 3 p.m., will be The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy, with other short films shown throughout the event. Besides these presentations, vendors will be conducting demos and exhibitions of their best outdoor items – with an emphasis on biking and paddling sports. If you like what you see, these experienced athletes will make sure you walk away with the gear and advice you need for your personal outdoor lifestyle. Rivanna Outdoor Gear and Film FestivalBefore the event, the Festival team encourages you to take advantage of the nearby Rivanna Trail and River. After a morning of hiking, running, biking, or paddling, you can find rest and relaxation watching films, learning skills, and making conversation – all while still staying engaged with the great outdoors. Find a full schedule for the afternoon here.Best of all? You can come say hi to reps from Blue Ridge Outdoors! Alongside other organizations and vendors like the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Ragged Mountain Running Shop, and Great Outdoor Provision Co., BRO is excited to meet local adventurers and to help launch this first annual Rivanna Outdoor Gear and Film Festival.All proceeds from the Festival will benefit the Fluvanna County High School Choral Music Department. The event is entirely donation-based, with a $7 suggestion.The Rivanna Outdoor Gear and Film Festival has an important mission in mind: to kickstart your adventures! Come get some good inspiration from these leaders in outdoor sports and retail.last_img read more

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first_img At 7 a.m. on September 10, Camp Blanding, Florida witnessed the final phase of military exercises under the seventh edition of operation Partnership of the Americas (POA). This year, the U.S. Marine Corps hosted their counterparts from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. The 13-day training exercise, the first phase of which began on September 2 is run by the U.S. Marine Forces, South (MARFORSOUTH) – a component of U.S. Southern Command – as part of the broader military exercise known as UNITAS. Latin for “unity,” this is a combined South America and U.S. Military-sponsored exercise series which has been taking place annually for the last 57 years. The amphibious component of POA is taking place at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, while the rehearsals and land personnel training are being developed in Camp Blanding. Both places are close to Jacksonville, Florida. “Our objective each year is to bring together all the Marine Corps of the Western Hemisphere in order to work together on tactical operations on air, land and sea to develop missions for the support of peace, sovereignty defense, and humanitarian assistance in all of the U.S. Southern Command’s partner nations,” Colonel Agustín Bolanio, director of POA 2012, told Diálogo. Even when the United States serves as the host country, POA is clearly a multi-national effort. This is obvious by watching the different colors of each of the uniforms and emblems of the participating countries, as well as by the languages in which the trainings are developed. The Partner Nations all come together with common interests to establish and maintain stability in the region, and send specialized personnel in predetermined arenas. For example, some are experts in aquatic operations, while others specialize in rescue missions and yet others in humanitarian aid. “But at the end, we all come to learn from one another. We want to learn from them just as much as they want to learn from us,” said Col. Bolanio. There are many outstanding events on the training calendar. Some of the most notable ones include the military operations on urban terrain, most closely related to amphibious vehicles, and the wide array of exercises with real fire. These rehearsals offer the Marines of every nation an opportunity to analyze real situations that they face daily in their home countries. But in addition, – as expressed to Diálogo by some of the participants – it gives them the capability to exchange knowledge, tactics and skills while giving them the chance to also build strong bonds of friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding, which will result in peace and progress across the region. By Dialogo September 12, 2012last_img read more

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first_imgA British businessman who became known as a “super-spreader” of the COVID-19 coronavirus said Tuesday he had fully recovered but remained in isolation in a central London hospital.Steve Walsh issued a statement via his company from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital after catching the virus on a business trip in Singapore.He is believed to have infected at least 11 other Britons — five in a ski chalet in the French Alps and another five who have since returned to his home city of Brighton on England’s southeast coast. “When the diagnosis was confirmed I was sent to an isolation unit in hospital, where I remain, and, as a precaution, my family was also asked to isolate themselves.”Walsh represented his Servomex natural gas analytics company at the Grand Hyatt Singapore sales conference on January 20-22.A firm that conducts Servomex’s consulting work described Steve as a genial boyscout leader who has two children and travels abroad frequently for work.Servomex is a division of the London Stock Exchange-listed Spectris high-tech instruments and software provider. Contact tracing UK health authorities have so far tested 1,358 people and recorded eight cases inside the country.The media’s focus on the “super-spreader” from Brighton intensified after one of the medical centres in the coastal city temporarily closed because two of its staff also became infected.A second branch of the same medical centre suspended operations on Tuesday.Walsh travelled to the French Alps before returning to London from Geneva on an EasyJet flight carrying more than 100 people.His associates said Walsh went to his local pub in Brighton and attended a group yoga session at his church after returning from his trip.He put himself in “self-isolation” after one of his colleagues abroad fell ill.A Servomex spokesman said the company remained opened and was working with “authorities to ensure the welfare of our staff”.Health officials in Brighton are currently trying to trace patients of the two healthcare workers diagnosed with the virus strain.UK health authorities have tried hard to calm any fears sparked by a barrage of media stories about a “super-spreader” infecting the public without anyone’s knowledge.”Contact tracing of the first four cases has been undertaken rapidly and is now complete while tracing for the latest four cases is ongoing,” health minister Matt Hancock told parliament.Hancock revealed that UK health authorities’ work helped to find the five Britons who are still isolated in France.”They are now receiving treatment and the Foreign Office is following up with consular support,” Hancock said.But some medical researchers said Walsh’s case pointed to a bigger problem: the possibility that the virus can spread from someone who exhibits no symptoms.The episode “may support that the virus can be shed from individuals prior to the onset of symptoms, which we are hearing more and more anecdotally,” said University of Leeds virus researcher Stephen Griffin.”This would make the problem of containing spread more like controlling a flu outbreak rather than what was experienced with SARS,” Griffin said.The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was another coronavirus that originated in China and killed 774 worldwide in 2002-03.Topics : Another person was diagnosed while on vacation in Spain.Walsh said he contacted Britain’s state-run national health service once he realised he might be sick.”As soon as I knew I had been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus, I contacted my GP, NHS 111 and Public Health England,” the 53-year-old said.”I was advised to attend an isolated room at hospital, despite showing no symptoms, and subsequently self-isolated at home as instructed,” he added.last_img read more

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first_imgDominion Post 17 May 2012United Future’s Peter Dunne has lashed out at the Conservative Party, branding it “seriously extreme and nutty”. The Conservatives have been touted as a future coalition party for National since ACT leader John Banks’ donations scandal. Leader Colin Craig has risen to prominence lately with controversial views on promiscuity and gay marriage. Now Mr Dunne – who has a confidence and supply deal with National – has launched an attack on the political newcomers. And he says he should know, as two of his former MPs – Larry Baldock and Gordon Copeland – stood for the Conservatives in last year’s elections. “They’re extreme,” he said. “Look at Larry Baldock’s fanaticism over smacking. Copeland, the fact he left UnitedFuture over smacking, for goodness sake, when it was a conscience issue.…”It’s a real moral jihad; it would be smacking, not just resisting any change to the abortion laws, it’s tightening the abortion law, it’s anti-prostitution, you name it, the whole suite of agenda items.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/6935983/Dunne-attacks-moral-jihad-extremistslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Australian 9 September 2016Family First Comment: Promoting confusion and fantasy in a classroom of 9-year-olds! Shocking. A Year 4 pupil at a primary school west of Melbourne is undergoing a gender transition, with the Safe Schools Coalition helping with the process at the school.Roz Ward, co-founder and head of the program in Victoria, is expected to visit the school today to hold a workshop for the ­pupil’s class, after which the pupil plans to socially change to their chosen new gender.Parents of the Year 4 class were advised of the workshop only days ago when the school sent home a letter. “Safe Schools are visiting … to assist us with the gender choice of a student who is currently transitioning,” the letter stated.“The session will include learning that considers how students can be a good friend and ally to people (of) all genders.”The Australian has chosen not to name the school because of privacy concerns.Several parents have expressed concerns about the way the school has handled the matter, including the lack of notice and detailed ­information about what pupils will be taught in the workshop.The Daily Telegraph reported last week that a four-year old preschooler in NSW had begun “transitioning” before attending their first day of kindergarten.In Victoria, the Education ­Department’s policy states that “schools must support and respect a student’s choice to identify as their desired gender when this does not align with their desig­nated sex at birth”.READ MORE: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education/year-4-pupil-gender-transitions-at-melbourne-school/news-story/86ee2b26ec8e2f691baa3d7e8f795aa0last_img read more

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first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Cuba’s Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Centre will launch its diabetic foot ulcer pharmaceutical known as Heberprot-P into new markets, such as Brazil, Peru and some European countries. Mailyin Palmero, a promotion official with the Havana centre, said that over 125,000 people have been treated with the Cuban drug in other countries, including nearly 100,000 Venezuelans.The scientific institution is taking part at the 24th International Congress on Orthopedics and Traumatology, underway until Saturday at Havana’s Frank Pais orthopedic hospital.The forum, which is being attended by local and foreign institutions in the field, offers an opportunity to promote the advantages of the Cuban pharmaceutical, which prevents the amputation of lower limbs in patients suffering from diabetic foot ulcers.The commercialization of Heberprot-P is under negotiation in Brazil and Peru, while the medication is being submitted to clinical tests in Europe before its registration, said the official.Palmero said that effectiveness studies reveal a successful 78 percent impact by the medication, though most of the people treated with it already suffered from advanced ulcers which, if their doctors had known about the drug before, the results would have been much better.Heberprot-P was approved five years ago and over this period it has been commercialized in 18 countries, including Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador.Caribbean News Now HealthLifestyle Cuban diabetic foot drug launches in new markets by: – September 20, 2013center_img Tweet Share 41 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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first_img Loading… The six-time Ballon d’Or winner – contracted until 2021 – has cut a frustrated figure at times this term after issues on and off the field at the club. But Manchester City forward and Argentina team-mate Aguero feels the 32-year-old will see out his career with Barca. “Leo is a player who is already a symbol and legend of Barcelona, but things happen in football,” Aguero told El Chiringuito TV. “Many players have changed for Leo and he stayed at Barcelona. He loves the club, he identifies with Barcelona, he is comfortable and happy.Advertisement Read Also: Aguero defends Messi amid Argentina criticism“Back then he had to iron out a few things but he’s always had that talent. I’m proud and happy to see the story that he’s written and that hasn’t ended yet. It’s going to be very difficult, impossible even, to surpass his legacy.“The most important thing for me is his character. Everyone appreciates him, adores him as a player. But he’s a wonderful guy and I’m proud to still be among his friends.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Sergio Aguero believes Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will retire at Camp Nou as he “loves” the La Liga champions. Messi’s future has dominated headlines following a public row with sporting director Eric Abidal prior to the 2019-20 season being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.center_img Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo40 Child Actors Who Turned Into Gorgeous Adults6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Top 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconic “No matter how many things happen, he will continue. Unless something catastrophic happens.” Messi had scored 19 La Liga goals and 24 across all competitions for La Liga leaders Barca prior to the campaign coming to a halt. Barca were two points clear of bitter rivals Real Madrid through 27 matches at the time of postponement last month. Messi will “have no trouble” signing a contract extension at Barcelona, according to the club’s former president Joan Laporta. One of his former teammates, Sameul Eto, recently praised Messi for staying humble despite his rise to super stardom and suggested his legacy will be hard to beat in years to come. “He hasn’t changed at all. He’s still the good person that I knew back then and that I still know,” Eto’o said. “He recently said ‘thanks to Samuel’, thanks to my advice – that I won’t reveal here – that his career changed.last_img read more

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first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Nigeria-born billionaire Alki David is interested in securing a deal for the naming rights of Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium.Barcelona announced on Wednesday that the title rights for their 63-year-old home were up for sale for the 2020-21 season in order to raise money in the fight against coronavirus. “This is an opportunity that I am bullish about,” he is quoted as saying by Mail Online.“It is an historic moment in the history of sport and it fits well with my current plans. Contact was opened at the start of the week and I am quietly confident the deal will be secured.”David, who was born in Nigeria, but has a British passport, owns two companies and also shares a CBD (cannabidiol) business with former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.“Manchester City got just over £18million for their annual rights, Spurs are now seeking £25 million, but Barcelona are on a different level,” he said.“This deal with the Nou Camp is another way to help. It is full of all the energy that Barcelona stands for. My health company has been working hard with top virologists, including the UK’s Dr Dorothy Bray, to look at any way we can hit this virus.” As for the name itself, he said: “Both of my companies make sense for the Nou Camp name because of our association with sports. FilmOn TV has a vast array of sports channels running 24/7 despite the sports lockdown, while Swissx, my health company, has already planned the Swissx Games in Gstaad – and now we’re set to announce the Swissx eFoil Cup in Malibu.“Swissx Nou Camp has a nice ring to it. That is my preferred choice at the moment.”Tags: Alki DavidCamp NouCoronavirusFC Barcelonalast_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: India has submitted its expression of interest to host the AFC Asian Cup in 2027, All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das said. “We have submitted the expression of interest to AFC (Asian Football Confederation),” Das told IANS.It will be the first time India will host the continental event if the interest sees the light of the day.The AFC had extended the deadline to lodge expression of interest by three months from March 31 to June 30 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.Saudi Arabia is the other nation which has publicly expressed its interest to launch a bid for 2027 Asian Cup. India have also been awarded hosting rights for the 2022 Women’s AFC Asian Cup in 2022. Previously, India have hosted the Men’s U-17 World Cup and were slated to host the Women’s U-17 World Cup in November. But it got postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. IANSAlso Read: 10 Chinese cities selected to host AFC Asian CupAlso Watch: War against COVID-19: Assam Health Department signs 22 MoUs with private hospitals in Silcharlast_img read more

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