World Bank sees big potential for solar-plus-storage mini-grids in Africa, Asia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Storage News:Plummeting solar-plus-storage costs could help electrify millions worldwide by facilitating a ten-fold explosion of mini-grid systems, a new report from the World Bank has said. The 19,000 mostly hydro- and diesel-based mini-grids that power 47 million people today could boom to 210,000 systems powering 490 million by 2030, according to the institution.Its report said most new mini-grids will feature a mix of PV with batteries, adding that the 10-15GW of solar / 50-110GWh of mostly lithium-ion batteries expected by 2030 would bring CO2 savings of 1.5 billion tonnes.According to the World Bank, hitting the 210,000 mini-grid target by 2030 would require bringing solar hybrid costs down to around US$0.20/kWh, compared to today’s US$0.55/kWh baseline. Achieving such a milestone would see the costs of PV modules drop from US$690/kWp (today) to US$140/kWp (2030) while li-ion batteries would decline from US$598/kWh to US$62/kWh in the same period.“Mini-grids are now one of the core solutions for closing the energy access gap…we are working with countries to actively mobilise public and private investment,” said Riccardo Puliti, a senior director of Energy and Extractives at the World Bank.According to the study, South Asia (9,300) and East Asia & Pacific (6,900) have installed most of the 19,000 mini-grids to date, with Afghanistan (4,980) and Myanmar (3,988) topping the global charts. However, it is Africa that currently leads on the planning front, with projects in Senegal, Nigeria and others helping the continent account for 4,000 of all 7,500 systems under development worldwide.According to the World Bank, reaching the global 210,000-by-2030 mini-grid target will require investment of US$220 billion, up from the US$28 billion injected so far.More: World Bank: Cost declines in solar-plus-storage could see 490 million relying on microgrids by 2030 World Bank sees big potential for solar-plus-storage mini-grids in Africa, Asialast_img read more

Brazil to Take Two Years to Rebuild Antarctic Base

first_img I wonder how can we promote the participation of every country that uses the island in the reconstruction of the military base, since it is useful for every inhabitant in the planet due to the scientific studies that are carried out, for the protection of our land? We’re grateful for the international solidarity our country received because of this unfortunate accident. Hurt by the loss of our brave seamen that fought and gave their lives so other could survive e have minimized the losses of valuable technical and scientific material, facilities and vehicles. Everything encourages us to start to rebuild our little place in the Antarctic Continent. “There will always be something to do”, is one of our Navy’s mottos. Ney de Araripe Sucupira – Director of Society of Navy’s Friends – São Paulo – 8th Naval District – Brazil By Dialogo March 02, 2012 Brazil will take up to two years to rebuild its scientific Military base in Antarctica, destroyed on February 25 by a fire that left two dead, and is evaluating the possibility of forming partnerships with other countries to continue its research in the meantime, an official source said on February 29. “Rebuilding a new base is obviously going to take one to two years,” Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Marco Antonio Raupp told the broadcaster O Globo. Established in 1984, the base conducted scientific research on climate change and coastal and marine ecosystems. About 70 percent of the complex was destroyed as a consequence of a fire over the weekend, in which two Military personnel died and another was injured. Until rebuilding is completed, the Brazilian government is evaluating entering into alliances with other countries in order to provide continuity to the research that was being conducted at the site through the Brazilian Antarctic Program, which began 30 years ago. We can “explore possibilities for partnerships with other countries that conduct research there, that also have bases there,” Raupp stated. The fire that consumed a good part of the facilities of Comandante Ferraz Base began in the area that housed the electric generators, for reasons that have not yet been determined. Only the isolated emergency modules, the meteorology and chemistry laboratories, the laboratory for the study of the upper atmosphere, the fuel tanks, and the heliport were saved from the flames, according to the official account. Antarctica, the majority of which is covered with snow and ice, holds vast mineral resources underneath its continental crust, and the surrounding seas teem with biological resources. Around 30 countries operate stations in the region, year-round or during the summer. last_img read more

House panel takes up family court measure

first_imgHouse panel takes up family court measure March 1, 2004 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News House panel takes up family court measure Associate Editor Calling it a “baby step” toward a unified family court, the House Committee on Judiciary unanimously passed a bill that would set up a “unique identifier” for every individual who comes into the court system, so that judges can get a more complete picture of a family’s situation before ruling.Johnny has a battery charge in delinquency court. His parents are in the process of getting a divorce, and the father wants shared custody. But the father has a case in dependency court for abuse charges. And Johnny’s sister is a victim in a criminal case, where another family member is accused of sexual battery. The judge dealing with what’s best for Johnny needs to know about all of it. And right now, with separate court computer systems and fragmented courts divisions, it can be very difficult.Baby Steps The following week, during an interview at the Supreme Court, where the judge was attending a meeting of the family court steering committee, Bernstein elaborated on the proposed plan that he called “crucial.”“Among other things, it will allow the clerks’ offices in each circuit to create a unique identifier for every individual whose case comes into the court system. The reason this is important to have an identifier — a type of number, that is not a Social Security number or a driver’s license number, but a number unique to the court system to the clerks’ offices — is that is what will allow cases to be connected.“For example, if a mother has a case in the system and a child has a case in the system, but they don’t share the last name, you can’t simply run the last name and find out they have related cases. If you have unique identifiers that are linked in the system, then they can be matched up.”The unique identifying number would be some combination of numbers and letters, to address concerns some members of the Supreme Court steering committee raised about privacy and identity theft issues with using Social Security numbers. The identifier would be unique to the court system and the clerks’ offices and would not be released to the public, Bernstein said.If the legislature passes the bill, when would the courts be ready to use it?“The computer program is available to create the identifier now. It’s a matter of getting all of the various clerks’ offices around the state on board with exactly how it is going to be implemented,” Bernstein explained.“The question is: Who is going to generate the number? Who is going to input it into the various systems?”Currently, every circuit runs its case management system or court files using a different computer program.“But if there’s a unique identifier, then at least you’ll be able to match up from one computer program to the next computer program, who’s who in the system,” Bernstein said.“Frankly, I come from the 11th Circuit. In Miami-Dade County, we have several different computer programs just within our same circuit. Our domestic relations cases use one computer system. Our dependency cases use another system, our delinquency system uses yet another system. So matching up those people just within one circuit is difficult. But we think that with this, once we have the ability to do it statewide, we think this can happen very quickly.”The legislation, he said, is key toward achieving a statewide unified family court.“It’s not that we couldn’t have a unified family court,” Bernstein explained.“We certainly already have some running around the state, and we’re going to continue to have more. The question for the unified family court is how to identify what cases are related in the system. We found that the first and sometimes the most significant barrier to actually coordinating cases is finding out what we are supposed to be coordinating. It sounds like a simple task, but it’s actually more difficult than you can imagine.”Bernstein admitted his fear is that the bill could fall victim to legislators tacking on expensive, court technology issues that carry huge price tags. Rep. Juan-Carlos Planas, R-Miami, sponsor of HB 447, admitted the bill doesn’t go far enough and is only a baby step toward the Supreme Court’s goal of a unified family court that aims to avoid having separate judges make conflicting rulings that impact one family. But, Planas said, it’s a step worth taking.“This is one of the reasons I ran for office,” said Planas, an attorney, at the February 3 committee meeting. “Every dollar we spend will save $7 down the road. We can’t do ‘one child, one family, one judge.’ We’re not there yet. But this is a good first step. We can stop dealing with kids in a vacuum. These kids are at a crossroads in their lives. If they choose the wrong way, they go to prison for the rest of their lives. This is a huge first step to get them to choose the right step.”Eleventh Circuit Judge Scott Bernstein testified in favor of the bill, as a member of the Florida Supreme Court Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Court. He was one of the first judges to do cross-over hearings in dependency and delinquency in Miami-Dade County.“I know for a fact we missed a tremendous number,” Bernstein said, of his efforts to try to track down family members with cases in dependency court of the children he saw in delinquency court. There was no coordination with the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Children and Families, he said.“I would ask the kids and parents: ‘Do you have any cases in any other division of this court?’ You can imagine how accurate that information was,” Judge Bernstein testified. “I would ask a kid: ‘Do you have another judge?’ And the answer would be: ‘I don’t know. They all look alike. They all wear a black robe.’”Questions came up during the committee about whether the judge would sentence the juvenile more harshly because of the family’s past problems.Bernstein acknowledged that could be a potential pitfall.“But the biggest pitfall is when a judge has to make a decision without all of the information at his or her disposal. All this particular bill does is give the judge more information. Then the judge has to make a decision as to what is appropriate with that child in the juvenile delinquency context or what’s appropriate for the parent in the dependency court context, or what’s appropriate for the family in the dissolution of marriage context. It is simply giving more information to the judge, information that already exists in the system somewhere, and being able to have access to that.”The bill would not change the focus or intent of Chapter 39, Chapter 61, or Chapter 95, Bernstein said, and they would remain separate legal processes. He added the bill does not expand the evidence code, but simply allows divisions of the court to be more efficient.Unique Identifierlast_img read more

Dix Hills Teen Charged With Assaulting Mom Amid Probe of Brother’s Death

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 18-year-old Dix Hills man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his mother and authorities are investigating the death of his 15-year-old brother, Suffolk County police said.Charles Okonkwo, 62, called 911 when he returned to his Norman Court home after a hospital stay and found his son, Bradley Okonkwo, dead and his 52-year-old wife, Chinwe Okonkwo, unconscious with severe head injuries shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, police said.The couple’s other son, Charles Okonkwo, appeared to have fled the scene in a BMW X5, police said.Bradley Okonkwo was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of death.Chinwe Okonkwo was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she is listed in serious condition.Officers found the younger Charles Okonkwo nearby. He was charged with assault.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this case to call them at 631-852-6392.last_img read more

Does your overdraft strategy command a 5-star rating?

first_imgRespects all members’ need to knowWouldn’t it be great if you had the support you needed to make sure all of your members were familiar with your overdraft policies? A fully disclosed program prevents confusion that can lead to criticism, as well as increased scrutiny by regulators. Utilizing an automated communications resource — with access to prepared, compliance-tested messages — can simplify the process of keeping members up to speed on their account status, program procedures and fees, as well as their responsibilities when using the program.Strengthened by on-going employee training Balancing a multitude of service responsibilities can make it difficult to focus on the details that are vital to consistently addressing member needs. But maintaining a command of regulations and best practices around overdraft services is critical, especially in an age of increased legal activity and class action risk.Providing on-going, comprehensive employee training will ensure that everyone in the credit union understands the benefits an overdraft program provides to members, how the processes and procedures work, and how to explain the program effectively. If you rely on current staff members to train new employees — based on knowledge they acquired years ago, or information they received as their supervisor was heading out the door for another job — chances are something important may be overlooked. The more accurately and confidently your employees explain your overdraft solution, the less likely you are to have any negative situations with members or examiners.Guided by a team of experts If you don’t have the luxury of expertise in technology and data analytics, compliance, employee training and performance improvement strategies, professional overdraft consultants can help. They will guide you through areas where opportunities exist for improving results. Then they will work alongside your staff to effectively address issues that are key to meeting consumer, regulatory and performance expectations. From there, they can provide recommendations on how to meet or exceed your goals. Combining a proven strategy and reliable resources leads to exceptional resultsAs consumer expectations of speed and convenient financial services are combined with compliance requirements and operational challenges, it can be difficult to maintain the highest level of performance. An experienced overdraft service provider can help you align your program’s processes and resources, and recommend updates and service enhancements to help make sure everything is running smoothly — and compliantly. As a result, you can take command of your service and performance goals … and the five-star ratings, thumbs up and positive reviews will follow. Now more than ever, ratings, likes and social recommendations play a major role in the process of selecting the products and services consumers use every day. When it relates to maintaining one’s financial well-being, reliability, transparency, fair pricing and pleasant service experiences are key must-haves for generating a thumbs up or multi-star assessment. So how do credit unions capture the consumer enthusiasm that generates initial interest from prospects and creates long-term member loyalty?Following are five characteristics that can help to ensure your overdraft strategy will rank at the top of any list of essential services that support financial security.Aligns with all members’ needs Unexpected financial needs can happen to anyone. A fully disclosed overdraft program provides a reliable way for members to make sure important expenses will be covered — whether they are having difficulty making ends meet, make a mistake on their account or are hit with an unexpected financial situation.A socially-responsible overdraft program is fully disclosed, easy to use, and provides counseling and practical information about alternative solutions that fit individual circumstances. These features increase the benefits of the program for members and provide compliance peace of mind for the institution.Incorporates updated tools and resources Greater focus is now being placed on high-tech solutions throughout the industry. An effective overdraft solution should be designed to solve consumer problems while helping institutions maintain efficient operations. Next generation overdraft strategies improve processes and provide measurably better performance results through:Best-in-class software for increased program automation and efficiencies;more in-depth account tracking and analysis;up-to-date compliance proficiency and guarantee for compliance certainty;more continuous employee training and educational opportunities;on-going guidance and comprehensive consulting; andperformance-based pricing. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Roe Prior to joining JMFA, Mark was a sales manager in the Texas market for a major bank with headquarters on the West coast. His experience also includes managing the accounting, … Web: www.jmfa.com Detailslast_img read more

Tourist rickshaws presented in Osijek – Rikša tour Osijek

first_imgAfter Zagreb and Osijek, it received its rickshaws as a new tourist product, ie a new offer for sightseeing of the city’s sights on the Drava.Rikša tour Osijek points out that they offer an interesting and different tour for exploring the city for all visitors to Osijek, and they also offer three different tours. The tours consist of a 15-minute promenade ride, a 30-minute tour of the Fortress, a 60-minute tour of the Fortress to A. Starčević Square and free tours by arrangement, and all tours are accompanied by an audio presentation in two languages.The project was initiated by Siniša Prelčec from Belišće, and it intends to employ at least four students on the thematic tour of the city. He says that he waited for the first sunny day to present the rickshaw to the public, which appeared today in sunny Osijek. “I have been working in tourism for fifteen years, since I retired from the Croatian Army, where I have been since the beginning. After the disbandment, I first got a job in catering, then in the season on the Adriatic. I made sure that rickshaws are in the thematic tourist offer because I visited a lot of our coast, and even a few cities in the world. And more and more guests are coming from these parts of the world, the offer is all the more attractive. The business idea somehow caught up with me after I saw that more and more tourists were visiting Slavonia, I went to the authorities and asked for permission, and then bought rickshaws in China with my own money. ”  said Siniša Prelčec for HRT Osijek.At the start, there are two vehicles on offer, and each rickshaw can accommodate two or three passengers. The starting point of the rickshaw is on the main square, Trg dr. Ante Starčevića, and it is possible to order at the client’s address.last_img read more

Osijek-Baranja County encourages the development of tourism with 650.000 kuna

first_imgThe third group support it is approved for organizing and participating in events, which is determined depending on the significance of the event and can amount to up to 50 percent of eligible costs, and 19 grants were approved in the total amount of HRK 104.300,00. Next year, the Days of Croatian Tourism will be held in Osijek, and the Days of UHPA in Vinkovci, which will be a great incentive and opportunity for the development of tourism in Slavonia. Photo: Osijek-Baranja County Grants amount to up to 50 percent of the eligible costs of the investment in the increase of accommodation capacities, quality of services and other prescribed purposes. Individually, the support can amount to a maximum of HRK 30.000,00. By signing the contract with a total value of HRK 500.100,00, the payment was enabled support from the budget of Osijek – Baranja County for investments in the development and improvement of rural tourism in the area of ​​Osijek-Baranja County for companies, crafts, family farms, simple companies, catering facilities and other entities engaged in tourism.center_img “Continental tourism is one of the strategic activities of Osijek-Baranja County, so among other incentive measures and activities from the county budget, we approve three types of support in rural tourism. This year we end with the signing of contracts for three types of support with 66 beneficiaries, ie the payment of 657.800,00 kuna for their activities which enrich the offer of continental tourism of Osijek-Baranja County, which we will do in the future. ” said Anusic. Continental tourism has become one of the strategic activities of Osijek-Baranja County The contracts were signed yesterday by Osijek-Baranja County Prefect Ivan Anušić and 40 beneficiaries of these grants, as well as seven beneficiaries subsidies for investment in indigenous and eno gastronomic offer, which were approved a total of HRK 53.400,00, intended to cover up to 50 percent of invoices paid for the purchase of agricultural products from local agricultural producers, up to a maximum of HRK 10.000,00. last_img read more

New Marquee club founders in line for encore

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COVID-19: More than 380 foreigners among infected in Indonesia

first_imgMore than 7,700 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Indonesia, of which more than 300 are foreign nationals, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi has revealed.In a virtual press briefing on Thursday, Retno said at least 387 confirmed cases in the country were foreign nationals. “Thirteen deaths have been recorded, 11 of which had underlying diseases.”Forty-nine foreign nationals are receiving treatment, 27 others have recovered and 295 are “under isolation”, according to Retno. She asserted recently upon answering international media outlets’ questions that Indonesia’s missions abroad were taking additional steps to address the pandemic.“In line with President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo’s directives [on April 20], we have stepped up our efforts in conducting massive testing and carrying out progressive tracing,” the minister said.Retno also claimed that the country’s testing capacity had reached 12,000 tests per day, with patients being treated at referral centers and emergency health facilities such as the one located at the site of the former Kemayoran athletes village in Central Jakarta.Authorities have distributed over 1.4 million pieces of personal protective equipment since March 27.The foreign minister reiterated Indonesia’s involvement in the Global Solidarity Trial, an initiative by the World Health Organization to find therapeutic drugs for COVID-19. Taking part in the trial were 14 hospitals, nine of which began clinical trials this week, Retno added.Topics : As of Thursday, Indonesian health authorities had recorded 7,775 cases of COVID-19, with 647 fatalities. At least 960 patients have recovered.There are 540 cases linked to Indonesian nationals abroad, with 24 fatalities. Of the total, 358 are undergoing treatment and 131 have recovered.Retno said last week that another focus in Indonesia’s foreign policy was to ensure the protection of Indonesian citizens abroad and foreign nationals in Indonesia during the global pandemic.Read also: Indonesian mission prioritizes citizen safety as France extends COVID-19 lockdownlast_img read more

Denmark to ease Solvency II reporting burden for smaller schemes

first_imgThe decree – entitled ‘Executive order on proportional reduction of the regular supervisory reporting for group 1 insurance companies, etc.’ – will come into force on 1 July.It allows insurance companies, life insurers and pension providers, which have a combined market share in their respective markets of less than 20%, to apply to the FSA for dispensation to reduce reporting required under the Solvency II legislation now implemented in Denmark.The ministry issued a list of 70 companies that now have the option of applying for this dispensation, including the pension providers PenSam, JØP, DIP, Bankpension and PKA (as well as the three health and social care sector pension funds it runs), the architects’ pension fund AP, the pension fund for Agricultural Academics and Veterinary Surgeons (PJD) and PBU.Per Plougmand Baertelsen, director of the life assurance division of the FSA, explained that companies on the list – or certain entities within those companies – were small enough in size to be allowed to apply for permission to reduce their mandatory reporting.“But, before we grant this dispensation, we will look at the nature, scale and complexity of the business in question and whether the current reporting requirement is considered to be a burden,” he said.However, not all companies on the list would definitely apply, he said, and of those that do, some cannot expect to be granted the level of concession they asked for.“But, for a number of the companies, the mandatory reporting will be significantly lower,” Plougmand Baertelsen said.Anne-Mette Munck, a consultant at F&P in its department of economic affairs, said the association welcomed the news and had been lobbying to bring about the change, which relates to quantitative reporting templates included in pillar three of the Solvency II Directive, the area of the EU framework focusing on disclosure and transparency requirements.“We have been working hard to achieve these new reduced requirements, and it has been a hard job to get this far,” she said, adding that this was definitely a positive move from the ministry.Munck said the impact on Danish pension and insurance companies in terms of reducing paperwork was still unclear.“But we hope it will be a huge difference, even though only for small pension funds,” she said.Munck said the association was always working on ways to ease the administrative burden on its members that arose from regulation in general.Without naming specific regulations, she said F&P was trying to get the government to remove some specific local regulation that was only put on Danish companies and not on their EU counterparts. The Danish ministry of business and growth has issued an executive order potentially cutting Solvency II reporting requirements for small pensions firms and insurers, with PenSam, JØP, DIP, Bankpension and PKA among those that may now be able to reduce their paperwork.Troels Lund Poulsen, minister for business and growth, said: “It is the government’s aim to bring down burdens on business significantly by 2020.”He said he hoped the new order would make life easier for small insurance and pension companies in cases where the Danish FSA (Finanstilsynet) found that the heavy reports could be dispensed with. “It may have profound implications for individual companies, which will spend less time on cumbersome and heavy paperwork,” he said.last_img read more