first_imgGoogle buying 190 MW of Finnish wind power FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Google said it has signed a 10-year deal to buy renewable energy from three new wind farms that are being built in Finland and which will power one of its data centers.Google said on Tuesday that the Finnish deal is the first where it is buying power from European projects that will not receive any government subsidies. “In a growing number of locations, the cost of new renewable energy is competitive with the cost of power from the grid,” Marc Oman, Google’s head of EU energy, said in a blog.The combined capacity of the three farms will be 190 megawatts (MW) and will be built by renewable energy developers Neoen of France and Germany’s CPC and WPD.Last year, the number of new corporate PPAs, primarily wind and solar, reached a record with more than 5 gigawatts contracted, up almost a third from the 2016 level, the International Renewable Energy Agency said.Some European countries, most notably Germany and the Netherlands, have recently attracted zero-subsidy bids from wind project developers, putting intense pressure on turbine makers as the industry weans itself off government support.More: Google buys into new Finnish wind energy in renewables searchlast_img read more

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first_imgIEA sees coal’s share of global energy markets remaining stagnant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:Coal consumption is expanding after two years of decline, but miners should brace for another period of sluggish growth, according to the International Energy Agency. In its latest annual report, the IEA forecasts global coal demand will remain essentially stable over the next five years, inching up by just over 1 percent between 2017 and 2023. The reason for coal’s stagnation remains unchanged from recent years: Developed nations are ditching the fossil fuel, while India and other emerging economies are turning to coal to quickly scale up electric power generation.In 2023, the IEA sees the world consuming just over 5.4 billion tons of coal equivalent. At that level, coal would provide 25 percent of the world’s energy, down from 27 percent today. The agency sees cheap, cleaner-burning natural gas and renewable energy sources continuing to eat into coal’s share of the global energy mix.Falling consumption in China, the world’s biggest market for coal, will be a major headwind for the fuel in the coming years. The nation’s coal consumption is poised to fall by about half a percent each year through 2023, the IEA projects. That’s due to policies aimed at improving the nation’s notoriously poor air quality, as well as China’s ongoing transformation from an energy-hungry industrial behemoth to a services-oriented economy. By 2020, the IEA expects growth in coal-fired power generation in China to peak.Meanwhile, the IEA sees India’s appetite growing by 4 percent per year through 2023. That’s down from an average of more than 6 percent growth over the last decade. Nevertheless, India’s appetite for coal will increase by 150 million tons of coal equivalent by 2023, which means the subcontinent will account for the biggest absolute growth in consumption.Coal demand will grow at the fastest clip in Southeast Asia, where countries such as the Philippines and Vietnam are building new coal-fired power plants to support economic development. Growth in the region is expected to rise by 5.7 percent through 2023, the IEA forecasts.In the United States and Europe, coal demand is poised to drop by more than 2 percent each year as developed economies continue to shut down coal plants in favor of natural gas and renewable energy.More: Coal demand will remain steady through 2023, International Energy Agency sayslast_img read more

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first_imgBy Dialogo August 27, 2010 The Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) has selected U.S. General John Galvin and former Uruguayan Defense Minister Dr. José Bayardi in the individual category and the Mexican Center for Superior Naval Studies (CESNAV) in the institutional category for the 2010 William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education. In announcing the selection on Tuesday, CHDS Director Richard D. Downie praised both the awardees as well as the record number of people and institutions from around the Western Hemisphere who were nominated this year for a Perry Award, named after the former U.S. Secretary of Defense whose inspiration resulted in the creation of the Center. “Interest in the Perry Award reflects the fact that these selections truly recognize significant academic and/or policy contributions in this Hemisphere,” Downie said. “We are deeply honored that in 2010 we are able to offer the award to two enormously distinguished individuals and an outstanding educational institution, CESNAV—whose hallmarks has been the promotion of education, research, outreach and knowledge-sharing in defense and security issues in the Western Hemisphere. “In their own ways, the work of Gen. Galvin, former Minister Bayardi and CESNAV has led to greater international security cooperation, enhanced effective civil-military relations, and adherence to CHDS core values.” Downie praised the work of former Defense Minister Bayardi, a CHDS graduate and now a Uruguayan senator, whose tenure as defense minister in Uruguay entailed a key role in international peacekeeping efforts in Haiti and the Congo. Bayardi was also an important figure in his country’s debate over human rights and in the Uruguayan armed forces reorganization for the 21st century. The Center director said he also took great pride in the fact that Galvin, a former commander at SOUTHCOM and a former dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, was a 2010 choice. “As the Commander-in-chief of the U.S. Southern Command and later as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander in Chief of the U.S. European Command John Galvin brought great regional understanding, and leadership, serving as a beacon and an inspiration for those who have served in Latin America.” Downie pointed to the key role played by CESNAV (known in Spanish as the Centro de Estudios Superiores Navales) in helping the Mexican government confront some of the greatest threats in its history. CESNAV, he said, “makes extraordinary contributions every day toward advancing the cause of democracy and the rule of law within some of the thorniest terrain in the defense and security arenas. Clearly their success has been key to beating back some of the greatest threats faced not only in their country, but in the region as a whole—including the United States.” Candidates for eligibility for the Perry Award include educators, practitioners, or institutions of defense and security throughout the Hemisphere, or from outside the region. As the countries of the Western Hemisphere confront a plethora of challenges in formative years of the 21st century, the example of Dr. William J. Perry, the Center’s founder and inspiration for CHDS’s highest honor, offers a model for both vision and problem-solving in the security and defense areas. A Ph.D. in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University, Perry entered into service as Secretary of Defense with broad national security experience, both in industry and government. He also had a keen understanding of the challenges that needed to be addressed, and was well versed in both the Department of Defense’s internal operations and in international security issues. When Dr. Perry retired in January 1997, General John M. Shalikashvili, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, noted the relationship the civilian secretary had forged with the troops: “Surely, Bill Perry has been the GI’s Secretary of Defense. When asked what his greatest accomplishment as secretary, Bill Perry didn’t name an operation or a weapons system. He said that his greatest accomplishment was his very strong bond with our men and women in uniform.” CHDS is proud to be part of the Perry legacy, having become the premier regional forum offering strategic level defense and security education, research and dialogue regarding effective security policy within the hemisphere. Fully three-quarters of CHDS’ students are civilians, and the growing community working toward a more cooperative and stable international security environment in the region is testament to just how vital Dr. Perry’s vision remains today. The Perry Award was first offered in 2007, as part of the Center’s 10th anniversary celebration. At that time, CHDS senior leadership determined that it should be bestowed on the creators and director of Peru’s “Strategic Leadership for Defense and Crisis Management Course” (known by the Spanish acronym CEDEYAC), who molded their own course on CHDS’ academic content and instructional methodology adapted to the Peruvian reality. The second annual Perry Awards were given to Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez in the individual category and the Chilean National Academy of Political and Strategic Studies (Academia Nacional de Estudios Politicos y Estratégicos/ANEPE) in the institutional category. In 2009, the winner of the third annual Perry Award in the institutional category was the Strategic Superior Studies College (Colegio de Altos Estudios Estrategicos/CAEE) of El Salvador.last_img read more

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first_img As Tropical Storm Tomas bears down on Haiti and other islands in the Caribbean, U.S. forces are leaning forward to help, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said. Thousands of Haitians still are living in tent cities following the devastating earthquake that hit the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince in January. In the last month, a cholera outbreak affected thousands in the region. Now, Haiti is bracing for a tropical storm expected to bring high winds and rain. “We are again positioned to respond quickly,” Morrell said during a Pentagon news conference. The USS Iwo Jima is steaming toward the island nation with a crew of 1,600 aboard. U.S. Southern Command is directing any aid that may be required. The crew can provide medical, engineering, aviation, logistical and other help as needed. The U.S. Agency for International Development has pre-positioned commodities in Haiti – including 40,000 blankets, 16,290 hygiene kits, 32,270 water containers and 20,000 kitchen sets – some of which are being distributed for the cholera outbreak. Haitian officials will be able to use the supplies to meet post-storm needs, Pentagon officials said. By Dialogo November 05, 2010last_img read more

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first_imgWho loves ya, baby? Appreciation is vital to success. You gotta have it, but it’s not always easy to obtain or keep. So who do Americans love the most?According to a recent Gallup report, the restaurant and computer industries enjoy the best net perception among US adults. Great news for them – but what about community banks and credit unions? As the typical response from a Magic 8 ball says, “Outlook not so good.”The banking industry was wallowing at the bottom of the list with a +2 score. The only good news? They weren’t dead last. That spot was reserved for the advertising and PR industry.Why is it so cool to hate the financial services industry? I’m sure the latest news from Wells Fargo last week doesn’t help. But before painting our industry with a broad brush, it’s worth noting that a separate Gallup poll that shows the public’s lack of confidence in banks, also reports that 67% of Americans have confidence in small businesses. Compare that with only 21% of Americans who have the same level of confidence in “big business.” Banks often are painted with the broad brush of big business and its accompanying trappings – especially when it comes to the highly paid executives, profit at all costs outlook, and the it’s-business-not-personal mentality. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_img continue reading » Members of the LGBTQ community have worked in the credit union movement for years, but there has never been an industry-wide organization that advocates for them.Until now.“The LGBTQ community is spread throughout every facet of life,” says Linda Bodie, CEO at $55 million asset Element Federal Credit Union in Charleston, W.V., and one of the four founding members of CU Pride. “The credit union community has these individuals working for, advocating for, and being members of credit unions, but there’s not an umbrella-type organization in the industry.”The group held its inaugural meeting in February during the 2020 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. During that meeting, Bodie says organizers determined there was a need and desire to create a group that focuses on the LGBTQ community within the credit union movement. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_imgKenny has named a 26-man squad this month’s international fixtures which see them face England in a friendly clash at Wembley next Thursday night before taking on Wales and Bulgaria in the UEFA Nations League.Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman returns to the squad after the Everton right-back was ruled out of the October international break with a hamstring injury.Tottenham forward Troy Parrott, who is on loan at Championship club Millwall, does not feature as he continues to recover from an ankle injury, while Southampton’s Shane Long and Preston striker Sean Maguire are also not named.- Advertisement – Midfielder Jack Byrne, part of the Shamrock Rovers squad crowned League of Ireland champions last week, is also included after he tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty for their triple-header against Slovakia, Wales and Finland last month.Former Ireland U21 captain Josh Cullen is also overlooked, having made three appearances for Anderlecht since his move from West Ham last month.Ireland are yet to win under Kenny’s tenure and have scored just one goal in his first five fixtures in charge.- Advertisement – Republic of Ireland squad in full:Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Caoimhín Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth).Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Shane Duffy (Celtic, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion).Midfielders: Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), James McCarthy (Crystal Palace), Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jayson Molumby (Brighton and Hove Albion), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers).Forwards: Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City), Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), Adam Idah (Norwich City), James Collins (Luton Town), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers). Luton Town striker James Collins has been called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time under manager Stephen Kenny.Collins, who scored on his full international debut in a 3-1 win against Bulgaria last year, is named among the attacking options following the international retirement of Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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first_imgAccording to the ministry’s data, other foreigners denied entry to Bali include Armenians, Brazilians, Australians, Canadians, Britons and New Zealanders. The policy is in place based on the government-imposed travel ban to and from mainland China since Feb. 5, that bars travelers who have visited China over the past 14 days from visiting or transiting in Indonesia, and also halts the provision of visa-free and visa-on-arrival facilities for Chinese citizens. As a result of the ban, authorities previously estimated that at least 5,000 Chinese tourists in Bali are likely to be stranded there, since flights connecting Indonesia and mainland China have been temporarily suspended.Read also: Govt downplays reports of Chinese tourist who tested positive for coronavirus after Bali sojourn The Bali Immigration Office has denied entry to nearly 100 foreigners since the government put in place a restriction on those who had recently traveled to China from entering Indonesia’s territory, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Bali office head Sutrisno said that as of Friday, a total of 91 foreign nationals had been rejected from entering Bali, as they had traveled to mainland China — where the coronavirus first emerged — in the last two weeks. “They are citizens of various countries, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, the United States and others,” Sutrisno said.  As of Thursday, some 300 Chinese nationals have applied to obtain emergency permits to stay longer in the country, which would be valid for one month, Sutrisno said. Jakarta has announced that it will facilitate and will not penalize Chinese tourists and workers who have overstayed their visas as result of the travel ban.“If their country’s situation shows that it is still impossible for them to fly home, we can give them [another permit extension],” Sutrisno said. He went on to say that the Chinese Consulate General in Denpasar would be responsible for facilitating other necessary support for Chinese citizens stranded in Bali. The death toll from the coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, has passed 1,300 globally, since it first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December, 2019. More than 64,000 confirmed cases have been reported worldwide. Japan reported the first death from the virus on Friday, bringing the total deaths outside mainland China to three so far, with one in Hong Kong and another in the Philippines, Reuters reported. Indonesia has recorded no confirmed cases of coronavirus so far. (afr)Topics :last_img read more

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first_imgIn a ruling on April 2, the Garut District Court in West Java found PA guilty of violating the 2008 Pornography Law and sentenced her to three years of imprisonment and Rp 1 billion (US$63,671) in fines. The other two men appearing in the video got lighter sentences than PA.PA and her legal team appealed the verdict to demand a lower sentence or acquittal, while prosecutors did the same for the sake of a higher sentence.”We will support PA to get a fairer verdict, as she is actually the real victim in this case,” said the network, which includes the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice (LBH Apik).LBH Apik’s director Siti Zuma expressed hope to collect 10,000 signatures before the Garut High Court rules on the appeals. “Hopefully, the court will no longer issue an incriminating verdict against PA after seeing huge support from the public for her.”Topics : The Women’s Solidarity Network for Justice has started an online petition demanding the Garut High Court in West Java rule in favor of PA also known as V, a woman sentenced to prison for starring in several pornographic videos.The group launched the petition on change.org on Tuesday. More than 880 people had signed it by Wednesday afternoon.“PA is a victim of sexual exploitation, human trafficking and domestic violence,” the group wrote in the petition. “After secretly getting married to her husband at 16 years of age, she experienced verbal and sexual violence inflicted by her husband. She was also sold by him and forced to have sexual intercourse with three men while being filmed, despite her reluctance.”While her husband argued the video had been made for his private collection, it went viral on social media – leading to her arrest in August last year. Her husband – identified as 31-year-old A – and two other men were also apprehended.PA insisted that A had forced her to engage in sexual acts with other men for money. The husband, however, died one month later, before his trial started.Read also: Pornography dominates negative content reported to ministry in 2019last_img read more

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