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China to finance 500MW of renewable energy development in Bangladesh

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The Chinese government will finance 500 MW of renewable energy generation capacity in One Belt, One Road member state Bangladesh, 450 MW of it solar.The two countries are today due to sign a memorandum of understanding for a joint venture company to develop solar capacity in Bangladesh’s northern districts of Pabna, Sirajganj and Gaibandha plus wind power generation near the port of Payra, in the south.Bangladesh’s North-West Power Generation Company Limited and China’s National Machinery Import and Export Corporation will establish Bangladesh-China Power Company (Pvt.) Limited Renewables to develop the projects, with Bangladesh said to be providing land and China an estimated $500 million investment.The projects would almost double Bangladesh’s current clean energy capacity, which stands at 601 MW. Almost 368 MW of that figure comes from solar, of which 71.86 MW is grid connected.Although the 20 MW solar facility in the Teknaf sub-district which came online in September is the largest solar project in the country to date, the Bangladesh government has approved plans for 1 GW of renewables capacity with projects up to 200 MW in scale. The south Asian nation aims to produce 10 per cent of its electricity from renewables by next year.More: China to fund 450 MW of solar capacity in Bangladesh China to finance 500MW of renewable energy development in Bangladeshlast_img read more

SWILLY ROVERS CONTINUE PRE-SEASON PREPARATIONS AHEAD OF NEW USL SEASON

first_imgSwilly Club Notes News:Swilly Rovers FC lotto results Monday 9th August 2015. Numbers drawn: 13, 20, 22, 24. There was no Jackpot winner. One 3-number winner: Steve Dunworth, Ramelton.Jackpot next week: €1375. Next draw in O’Shaughnessys Bar on Sunday 16th Aug. Swilly Rovers U14 women’s team beat Sea Rovers in 2-1 after extra time in the first round of the U14 Ulster FA Women’s Cup. Goals coming from Chloe Moore and Kellyann Buchanan. Swilly Rovers continued preseason with two friendlies this past week, losing to Lagan Harps 3-1 with the goal coming from Michael McHugh and also losing narrowly to Drumoghill 3-2 with goals coming from Michael Doherty and Marty McDaid.Swilly Rovers would like to extend congratulations to all of its players who competed in the Macron Galway Cup in the week past for various teams.The club held its annual underage registration night in the community centre, Ramelton on Tuesday night. Anyone who still needs to sign is asked to contact any Swilly committee member urgently as registrations are due for the upcoming season.SWILLY ROVERS CONTINUE PRE-SEASON PREPARATIONS AHEAD OF NEW USL SEASON was last modified: August 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Sportlast_img read more

State budget clears house, moves to senate

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kolt BuchenrothThe Ohio House of Representatives has placed their seal of approval on their version of the State’s operating budget totaling $69 billion. The bill, which passed 85-9 was massive in size and covers a lot of ground. Several pieces of the bill relate to agriculture.“We are following some provisions dealing with water taxes, agricultural products, education that are really important under Farm Bureau policy,” said Jenna Beadle, Ohio Farm Bureau director of state policy.It’s no surprise that the House’s version of the budget relates in large part to water quality and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio Program. The bill’s language says in part that the initiative encourages cooperation among government, business, higher education, agriculture, and conservation organizations.While Governor DeWine had proposed the program’s funding for the next decade in the budget, the legislature had other plans.“The House has removed the mechanism for funding H2Ohio on an ongoing basis and has only funded it for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. They have stated that they are going to work on a standalone bill to find permanent funding for H2Ohio moving forward,” Beadle said, also noting the programs new oversight arm. “The House has also created an H2Ohio Advisory Council. It is an 18-member council that would provide some accountability for H2Ohio,” she said.On the heels of the uncanny vote in Toledo on February 25th known as the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, or LEBOR, the legislature took a stance against the lake’s ability to have standing in court.“There was also an amendment regarding natural ecosystems. It further clarified current law that nature would not have standing in court to sue,” said Beadle.According to Beadle, the budget doesn’t lend any favors to small businesses as they could see sharp tax increases. The proposed budget calls for the business income deduction from $250,000 to $100,000. It also eliminates the 3% flat tax rate that follows that $250,000 figure.“We are still looking into the numbers, but we anticipate that this will affect some of our members, so we have concerns as does the entire business community,” explained Beadle.Notably not making the budget was Representative Susan Manchester (R-Waynesfield) and Representative John Patterson’s (D-Jefferson) bipartisan new farmer incentive bill. Farm Bureau says they aren’t giving up on it just yet.“We will continue to work with the Senate to get the beginning farm tax credit amended into the budget. It is not in the House version of the budget,” said BeadleTaking a step back from agriculture-specific line items and shifting the focus to the other pieces OFBF is watching, The House wants old and unsafe school buses replaced to the tune of $20 million.“This is going to be very beneficial to rural areas that have busses with high miles on them but don’t have the resources to replace those,” Beadle said.Another point that Ohio Farm Bureau took from the budget was that of the Ohio Proud program that helps promote Ohio’s agricultural products.“We have been working to extend the Ohio Proud program to craft beer, cider and spirits, and that language went into the budget. We are excited to see some promotion of agricultural products in the budget,” said Beadle.last_img read more

Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Michigan State University continues to be shocked and appalled by Larry Nassar’s now-admitted criminal conduct,” he said. “Any suggestion that the university covered up this conduct is simply false.”In a statement, U.S. Olympic Committee spokesperson Mark Jones said the organization is “disgusted that these acts occurred, heartbroken for the victims” and “proud of their courage for confronting this tragedy.”Jones also thanked “law enforcement personnel for ensuring (Nassar) is never able to abuse young women again.” Sochi gold medalist among 4 Russians banned for doping The criminal cases against Nassar followed reports last year in The Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians, mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving the doctor and coaches. Women and girls said the stories inspired them to step forward with detailed allegations of abuse.Many of the accusers have sued Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee.“We are more than a year from my police report. Our abuser has pled guilty, but MSU, USAG and the USOC, you have yet to take responsibility for what happened on your watch,” said victim Rachael Denhollander. She said officials kept Nassar in power for decades after ignoring repeated reports of sexual assaults and brushing off the victims as being unable to tell the difference between a medical exam and a sexual violation.John Manly, an attorney for 105 accusers, said the three institutions “miserably failed children,” and he likened what happened with Nassar to the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University. He criticized an internal review at Michigan State and called for an investigation of university officials by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, whose office is prosecuting Nassar.Women’s gymnastics coach Kathie Klages resigned earlier this year, but others remain on the job.“We’ve never been given the documents either in litigation or anywhere else to show who knew what when,” said Manly, who added that Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon should resign if she does not release an internal report about the scandal.He also said USA Gymnastics officials should be investigated — possibly by an FBI task force — citing laws that require people in certain professions to report suspected child abuse to children’s protective services.USA Gymnastics said in a statement that it was “very sorry that any athlete was harmed by Larry Nassar” and that it fired Nassar and reported him to the FBI after first learning of concerns in 2015. Manly said the organization never informed Michigan State, however, which had investigated a complaint in 2014 only to clear Nassar.Michigan State spokesman Jason Cody said the university “unequivocally denies” accusations that it covered up misconduct by school administrators. He disclosed for the first time that university police and the FBI conducted a joint investigation earlier this year to determine if any school employees besides Nassar committed crimes.The results were sent to the U.S. attorney for western Michigan, and “we have no reason to believe that any criminal conduct was found,” Cody said in a statement. “For all those involved … I’m so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control,” he said in a courtroom packed with tearful accusers and others. “I pray the rosary every day for forgiveness. I want them to heal. I want the community to heal.”Nassar, who lost his physician’s license in April, admitted his conduct had no legitimate medical purpose and that he did not have the girls’ consent. The 125 girls and young women who have filed reports of abuse with campus police will be able to speak at his Jan. 12 sentencing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe plea deal in Ingham County calls for a minimum prison sentence of 25 years, but the judge could set the minimum sentence as high as 40 years. Nassar is expected to also plead guilty Nov. 29 in neighboring Eaton County — the location of an elite gymnastics club — resolving state prosecutors’ charges against him. Separately, he is scheduled to be sentenced next month in federal court for possessing child pornography.A former Michigan State Univ. and USA Gymnastics doctor pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting seven girls, saying he is “horribly sorry” and prays “for forgiveness every day.” Three Olympic gold medalists are among his more than 125 accusers. (Nov. 22) Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Dr. Larry Nassar appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Nasser, a sports doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison. APLANSING, Michigan — A former sports doctor accused of molesting at least 125 girls and young women while he worked for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison.Larry Nassar, 54, admitted to digitally penetrating seven girls, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic, between 1998 and 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have publicly said they were among Nassar’s victims.“You used your position of trust … in the most vile way to abuse children,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar after his plea. “I agree that now is a time of healing, but it may take them a lifetime of healing while you spend your lifetime behind bars thinking about what you did in taking away their childhood.”She called the victims “superheroes for all of America, because this is an epidemic.”They had testified that Nassar molested them with his hands, sometimes when a parent was present in the room, while they sought help for gymnastics injuries. Several accusers were angry with his apology.“The fact that he just thinks, ‘Oh, I pleaded guilty and now you guys can start healing’ is ridiculous to me. I don’t think he truly understands how many people are hurting and how bad people are hurting over this,” said Lindsey Lemke, a Michigan State gymnast.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

24 days agoBrighton striker Murray: Potter system a huge learning curve

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton striker Murray: Potter system a huge learning curveby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Glenn Murray says the players are still adjusting to manager Graham Potter’s methods.He says there is still work to do to hone a playing style preferred by Potter.Murray told The Argus: “It is all a huge learning curve.“We have come so far in the three months the gaffer has been with us and we are going to have afternoons like this (the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea). But we will keep doing it our way and hopefully we have more successful afternoons than not.“It’s full focus on Tottenham. Looking towards picking some points up and then another international break, which is more time to learn the philosophy and get it right.“It is a constant learning curve. Obviously, opponents we come up against are different every week and there are different ways of trying to break them down and get possession of the ball and control the game.” last_img read more

Dexcom and Nick Jonas Raise Their Voices for Diabetes Awareness

first_imgDexcom, Inc., a leader in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) for patients with diabetes, announced today it has partnered with multi-talented recording artist and actor, Nick Jonas, who has type 1 diabetes, to raise awareness of the benefits of CGM for people with diabetes.Video: Nick Jonas | Dexcom CGM User | Type 1 DiabetesJonas will share his personal story and views on living with diabetes and his use of Dexcom technology to help him monitor his glucose levels and manage his diabetes while he pursues and lives his dream.With approximately 29.1 million Americans living with diabetes, education on disease management is crucial to living with the condition day-to-day. The growth of continuous glucose monitoring systems, like the Dexcom G4 PLATINUM, has helped patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes understand valuable information about their glucose levels and trends, a key aspect to controlling the disease and staying healthy.“When I was first diagnosed, I was scared that I would no longer be able to do what I love but I made a commitment to take control of my diabetes and not let it slow me down,” said Nick Jonas. “The Dexcom CGM is an amazing step forward in the battle against diabetes and gives me the tools and confidence I need to feel in control so I can continue to follow my dreams.”Jonas was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 13 while on tour with his brothers. Rapid weight loss, fatigue and other symptoms led to a quick diagnosis of type 1 diabetes but Jonas was determined not to let it stand in the way of achieving his dreams. In collaborating with Dexcom, he hopes to spread awareness for CGM and provide encouragement for those impacted by diabetes to take control of the disease and continue to do the things they enjoy.“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Nick Jonas on this educational campaign,” stated Kevin Sayer, Chief Executive Officer of Dexcom. “As someone who has truly benefited from CGM, Nick’s support in raising further awareness for management options and living life to the fullest with diabetes will augment our ongoing efforts to educate people about how they can best manage their diabetes. We believe Nick’s story will help inspire those who struggle with this disease on a daily basis.”Continuous glucose monitoring is considered the most significant breakthrough in diabetes management in the past 40 years. The traditional standard-of-care for glucose (blood sugar) monitoring has been a finger stick meter. CGM augments the use of glucose meters for the management of diabetes. Meters are still required to calibrate CGMs and for guidance in making therapy and meal decisions. CGM is important because, in addition to providing the glucose level, it provides the direction and rate of glucose change with the push of a button and alerts users when glucose is too low or too high.Diabetes affects 10% of the American population and is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 1.25 million people have type 1 diabetes. With diabetes, the body cannot produce or use the hormone insulin effectively, causing a buildup of glucose, or sugar, in the blood. It is estimated that approximately 86 million Americans over the age of 20 years old are at risk for developing diabetes (primarily Type 2), largely due to obesity, physical inactivity and poor diet. People with diabetes who take insulin must monitor their blood glucose levels frequently. Uncontrolled glucose can cause health complications and even death.For more information on Nick Jonas and Dexcom’s collaboration, please visit www.dexcom.com/nick-jonas.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Fed raises key rate sees acceleration in future hikes

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year and signalled that it may step up its pace of rate increases because of solid economic growth and rising inflation.The Fed now foresees four rate hikes this year, up from the three it had previously forecast.The central bank on Wednesday raised its key short-term rate by a modest quarter-point to a still-low range of 1.75 per cent to 2 per cent. The move reflects the economy’s resilience, the job market’s strength and inflation that’s finally nearing the Fed’s target level.The action means consumers and businesses will face higher loan rates over time.It was the Fed’s seventh rate increase since it began tightening credit in 2015, and it followed an increase in March this year.When the Fed last met in May, it left its short-term rate unchanged. But it noted that inflation was edging near its 2 per cent target after years of remaining undesirably low. Should inflation eventually pick up, the Fed might move to tighten credit more aggressively.A gradual rise in inflation is coinciding with newfound economic strength. After years in which the economy expanded at roughly a tepid 2 per cent annually, growth could top 3 per cent this year. Consumer and business spending is powering the economy, in part a result of the tax cut President Donald Trump pushed through Congress late last year.With employers hiring at a solid pace month after month, unemployment has reached 3.8 per cent. Not since 1969 has the jobless rate been lower.Beginning in 2008 in the midst of the financial crisis, the Fed kept its key rate unchanged at a record low near zero for seven years. It then raised rates once in 2015, once in 2016, three times in 2017 and now twice this year.The Fed aims to achieve its mandates of maximizing employment and stabilizing prices by lowering rates to spur growth during times of economic weakness and raising rates to slow growth if the economy threatens to overheat. When the Fed tightens credit, it aims to do so without derailing the economy. But if it miscalculates and overdoes the credit tightening, it can trigger a recession.The economic expansion has survived for nine years and is now the second-longest in history. It will become the longest if it lasts past June 2019, at which point it would surpass the expansion that lasted from March 1991 to March 2001.While many economists think the current expansion will exceed the 1990’s streak, some worry about what might occur once the impact of the tax cuts begin to fade and the Fed’s gradual rate hikes begin to curb growth.Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, has suggested that the economy could experience a “growth recession,” in which the gross domestic product slows so much that unemployment starts to rise.The Fed’s pace of rate hikes for the rest of the year could end up reflecting a tug of war between a sturdy economy and the risks to growth, including from a potential trade war that could break out between the United States and such key trading partners as China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico. All those countries have vowed to retaliate against any U.S. tariffs with their own penalties against U.S. goods.A global trade war would risk cutting into U.S. economic growth by depressing American export sales and raising inflation by making consumers and businesses pay more for imports.The Fed’s meeting this week is to be followed by policy meetings of two other major central banks — the European Central Bank on Thursday and the Bank of Japan on Friday. While Japan’s central bank isn’t expected to make any major policy shifts, anticipation is rising that the ECB may outline as early as this week plans to begin paring its bond-buying stimulus program as a prelude to ending them altogether.last_img read more

The top 10 books on Apples iBooksUS

first_imgiBook charts for week ending December 23, 2018: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher :iBooks US Bestseller List – Paid Books1. Becoming by Michelle Obama – 9781524763152 – (Crown)2. The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty – 9780062008671 – (Harper Perennial)3. The Terminal List by Jack Carr – 9781501180835 – (AtriaEmily Bestler Books)4. One Day in December by Josie Silver – 9780525574705 – (Crown Archetype)5. The Reckoning by John Grisham – 9780385544160 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)6. Educated by Tara Westover – 9780399590511 – (Random House Publishing Group)7. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 9780735219113 – (Penguin Publishing Group)8. Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins – 9781544512266 – (Lioncrest Publishing)9. Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci – 9781538761557 – (Grand Central Publishing)10. Past Tense by Lee Child – 9780399593529 – (Random House Publishing Group) (copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.____The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fix to 737 MAX antistall software is ready Industry sources

first_imgNew York: A fix to the anti-stall system suspected in the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet that killed 189 people in Indonesia is ready, industry sources said Saturday, as the company tries to avoid a lengthy grounding of its planes. Boeing was due to present the patch to officials and pilots of US airlines — American, Southwest and United — in Renton, Washington state, where the plane is assembled, other sources said. “Boeing has already finalized the necessary corrective measures for the MAX,” an aviation sector source told AFP on condition of anonymity. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will receive the patch “early next week,” a government source added. Asked how long the certification process could take after the patch is in the hands of the authorities, this source said that nothing has been decided yet. The FAA declined to comment. The Lion Air crash in Indonesia last October and another accident this month involving an Ethiopian Airlines jet, which killed 346 people between them, have raised major concerns about the safety certification of the 737 MAX 8 model. The Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10 led to the global grounding of 737 MAX planes. Although it will take months to determine the exact cause of both crashes, investigators in the Lion case have honed in on the MCAS automated anti-stalling system designed to point the nose of the plane downward if it is in danger of stalling, or losing lift. American Airlines and Southwest pilots were set to test simulators with the updates on Saturday, according to the sources. Boeing neither confirmed nor denied the information. The FAA had given until April for Boeing to make the necessary changes to the critical anti-stall system, and on March 15 two anonymous industry sources told AFP the upgrade would be ready in about 10 days. A spokesman for United Airlines, whose fleet includes 14 of the 737 MAX 9 planes, confirmed the company’s attendance at the training session. Southwest and its SWAPA pilots union “have subject matter experts from our Technical Pilot Team and Training Teams headed to Boeing to review documentation and training associated with the modification to the B737 speed trim system,” a spokeswoman said. The company is one of the biggest 737 MAX 8 customers, owning 34 of the planes. “We’ve been working diligently and in close cooperation with the FAA on the software update. We are taking a comprehensive and careful approach to design, develop and test the software that will ultimately lead to certification,” a Boeing spokeswoman said. “There will be training provided by Boeing.” In addition to the software modification, the industry sources said Boeing has also finalized updates to its flight and pilots’ training manuals, as the FAA asked. “We have been engaging with all 737 MAX operators and we are continuing to schedule meetings to share information about our plans for supporting the 737 MAX fleet,” the Boeing spokeswoman said, declining to confirm the timeline for the changes. In another modification, the 737 MAX will be outfitted with a warning light for malfunctions in the anti-stall system, an industry source told AFP on Thursday, standardizing a feature previously sold as an optional extra. Neither the Lion Air aircraft nor the Ethiopian Airlines jet had the feature, the industry source said. US and Ethiopian authorities have said this month’s crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 near Addis Ababa bore “similarities” to last year’s Lion Air crash. Since the Ethiopian crash, pressure has intensified on Boeing and the image of the company — which also makes combat aircraft and space equipment — has been eroded. Share value of the firm, which says it is the world’s largest aerospace manufacturer, has dropped 12 percent since the accident, wiping out 28 billion in market capitalization Boeing and the FAA are under investigation by the Transportation Department over how the rollout of the jet was handled, including the anti-stall system. The acting FAA head is among transport officials who are to testify on Wednesday before a congressional subcommittee. Questioning is likely to focus on tight links between Boeing and the regulators, who maintain offices in the airplane factories and delegated a large part of the certification process for the 737 MAX and its anti-stall system to employees of Boeing, sources said. Press reports say that the Department of Justice has also opened a criminal investigation into the 737 MAX’s development. Ralph Nader, the veteran US consumer protection advocate who lost a relative in the Ethiopia crash, called Friday for an organization to defend passengers’ rights.last_img read more