Australia’s New South Wales set for ‘biggest and quickest’ transition from coal to renewables

first_imgAustralia’s New South Wales set for ‘biggest and quickest’ transition from coal to renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The New South Wales state government has confirmed it will seek a massive 8,000MW of wind, solar and storage projects in the state’s north, the biggest call for renewables in the country, and setting itself up for what will be the biggest and most rapid transition from coal to renewables in the country, if not the world.As foreshadowed by Renew Economy on Thursday, state energy minister Matt Kean announced on Friday plans to create an 8,000MW renewable energy zone in the New England region, tapping into the enormous response to the state’s first renewable energy zone (REZ), which saw a phenomenal 27,000MW of wind, solar and storage projects for a region with the capacity of 3,000MW.“The nine-fold level of interest in the Central-West Orana REZ was astounding, so it makes absolute sense to go even bigger with the New England REZ,” Kean said in the statement on Friday. “The New England REZ will be able to power 3.5 million homes and, when coupled with Central-West Orana REZ, sets the state up to become the number one destination across Australia for renewable energy investment.”NSW has been a bit of a laggard on renewable energy investment in recent years, although its current pipeline of projects means that it is catching up.  But while it is the only state in the main National Electricity Market (NEM) without a stated renewable energy target, it is headed for the biggest and quickest transition of them all, because the bulk of its ageing coal generators will retire in the next 10-15 years.This coal capacity will have to be replaced by renewables and storage, which Kean says is clearly the cheapest and best option for the state, one that will give the state the opportunity to become an economic powerhouse as well as a renewable energy powerhouse.But over the past year, only 16.2 per cent of the state’s electricity demand came from renewables, with a combined 7 per cent from rooftop and large scale solar and 6.3 per cent from wind energy. A further 7.6 per cent came from imports from Queensland and Victoria.[Giles Parkinson]More: NSW sets itself for biggest and quickest transition from coal to renewableslast_img read more

Ex-President of Andean Parliament Points to Technology to Reduce Poverty

first_imgBy Dialogo August 17, 2009 Ivonne A-Baki, former president of the Andean Parliament and a candidate to be director-general of UNESCO, pointed to education, public health, and new technologies as keys to reducing poverty in the region and in the rest of Latin America. “Latin America is talking to itself in new ways,” A-Baki said at a forum organized in Washington by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government agency. “New and previously ignored groups are increasingly participating in the social dialogue and are using new technologies to do so,” the former Ecuadorean ambassador to the United States added. “Today, the poor have a louder voice because of new communication technologies and because they are willing to use them. Indigenous populations, civil society, and small businesses are using these technologies in a way to make sure that information flows to those who need it most.” Another speaker at the forum, Kevin Healy of the Inter-American Foundation, expressed the opinion that the impact of new technologies has nonetheless been limited by “the low levels of education” from which the majority of the continent suffers. A-Baki criticized the “oversimplification” of poverty “by many in the policy community” and highlighted the need to include new areas in the anti-poverty agenda, such as gender discrimination and environmental deterioration. For Darius Mans, chief executive officer of the MCC, it is also necessary “to reduce corruption and create space for entrepreneurial projects.” Eric Farnsworth of the Council of the Americas (COA) affirmed that Latin American economies “based on raw materials” still have “many lessons to learn” from countries like China, which “in two years has managed to reduce the number of poor persons by 250 million,” a figure equal to the entire population of the Mercosur countries. According to Farnsworth, the Chinese “national obsession with growth” can teach the continent to “diversify, move beyond raw materials,” and “promote formal-sector employment.” Farnsworth, who expressed his conviction that the quickest route to ending poverty is free trade, urged countries to “guarantee that capital stays in national banks, in order to encourage private investment.” Along these lines, he pointed to Chile as an example of a country that has reduced poverty through economic growth and free trade and to Haiti as the “opposite extreme” in the hemisphere.last_img read more

River frontage land has just been released in a new Logan estate

first_imgVillawood Properties has announced its $55 million “Sequana” riverside community at Logan Reserve, set to be home to 950 residents.SCENIC river frontage has just been released as part of a new $55 million riverside community at Logan Reserve.Developer Villawood Properties has just unveiled Sequana, meaning ‘river goddess’ in Gallo-Roman.The new community set along the Logan River will be home to around 950 residents and feature 340 metres of river frontage.Villawood Properties executive director Tony Johnson said the new community was one of the only new developments in the area that had been masterplanned to take advantage of the Logan River, and would be an easy choice for first home buyers and owner-occupiers looking to build their family home.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoSequana at Logan Reserve will have a state-of-the-art playground.“More than a third of the community will be dedicated to green open space, nature reserves for the Rainbow Bee-eater, walkways, river access, two dog parks, a state of-the-art playground and kick about areas to cater to a diverse range of future residents,” Mr Johnson said.“We anticipate that a high percentage of buyers will be locals wanting to take advantage of Sequana’s enviable location, the amenities and access to some of the best schools in the area.”Mr Johnson said the area was a good investment with high price growth for buyers.“The value for money for owner-occupiers in the Logan Reserve area is evident with recent statistics showing the Logan Reserve primary school catchment zone has experienced up to 40 per cent property value growth in the past 12 months, making it the second highest growing area for property values in Australia,” he said.Logan Reserve is a 30 minute drive from Brisbane and 45 minutes from the Gold Coast, close to public transport, local hospitals and Logan Central shopping precincts.Sequana will be Villawood’s fifth project for the Queensland arm, having completed Miramar at Casuarina and Essencia at Dakabin.The developer is currently developing the Kingsholme acreage community — Montego Hills and The Surrounds at Helensvale.last_img read more

AFTER 2 YEARS OF HIDING: Drug suspect falls

first_imgLabistre was detained in the lockup cell ofthe Mandurriao police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. The 49-year-old Joel Labistre of BarangayBakhaw, Mandurriao district was caught on the strength of an arrest warrantaround 1:45 p.m. on Sept. 21, a police report showed. ILOILO City – A drug suspect, who had beenhiding from the police for about two years, was arrested in Barangay Capuling,Dueñas, Iloilo.  Police officers served the warrant issued byJudge Rose Edith Togonon of the Regional Trial Court Branch 25.  The court recommended a bail bond worthP40,000 for the suspect’s temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

NFA: No rice shortage in Iloilo, Guimaras

first_imgLast year NFA-Iloilo bought a total of1.1 million bags of rice from farmers at P19 per kilo, said Pacificador. Thesewere: ILOILO – There is enough supply ofrice in this province and Iloilo City, according to the National Food Authority(NFA), despite the enhanced community quarantine encouraging people, includingfarmers, to stay home. As of the April 1 inventory, therewere still 3.1 million bags of rice at NFA warehouses, households and marketsin Iloilo city and province, and the island province of Guimaras, saidNFA-Iloilo manager Jose Pacificador.  “Walasang rason nga magpataas presyo sang bugas kay puerte kadamo sang bugas,” he stressed. Meanwhile, Pacificador warnedretailers in Iloilo and Guimaras against jacking up rice prices.  This 2020, NFA-Iloilo plans to buy a millionbags of palay, said Pacificador./PN In this time of enhanced communityquarantine due to the coronavirus disease, Pacificador said NFA-Iloilo’spriority clients are local government units (LGUs), including those ofGuimaras, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD)Region 6. * November – 345,145 bags Pacificador said the following LGUshave so far been released with NFA rice: Alimodian, Barotac Nuevo, Banate,Calinog, Dingle, Dumangas, Janiuay, Lambunao, Maasin, Mina, Oton, Sara, SantaBarbara, Tigbauan, and Tubungan, and Jordan in Guimaras. NFA-Iloilo warehouses are in themunicipalities of San Donisio, Pototan, Dueñas, and Dumangas, and at its mainoffice (NFA regional office) in Barangay Quintin Salas, Jaro, Iloilo City. LGUs and DSWD are frontliners in thegovernment’s COVID-19 response and they have direct contact with people whoneed assistance, Pacificador explained.center_img * December – 146,133 bags Pacificador assured consumers, too,that NFA rice is clean and does not smell bad. Sacks of the National Food Authority palay stored in NFA warehouse. NFA-ILOILO The Iloilo City government, on theother hand, procured 18,000 bags of NFA rice, said Pacificador. NFA rice are produced by local farmersthemselves and bought by the grains agency, he reminded consumers. * October – 386,833 bags * September – 250,554 bags Rice is among the items in the foodpacks that LGUs and DSWD distribute to people adversely affected by thequarantine. “These 3.1 million bags of rice aregood for some five months or 155 days,” said Pacificador, “just in time for thefirst cropping between August and September.”last_img read more

NFF Football Committee sanctions NPFL 2019/2020 final table

first_imgFootball Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation has endorsed the final table of the Nigeria Professional Football League for the 2019/2020 season as prepared and released by the League Management Company. At its virtual meeting, held at the instance of the President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, to deliberate on all the issues arising from the forced ending to the season by the COVID-19, the agreement reached by all stakeholders to use the Points-Per-Game (PPG) to determine the final table and the subsequent petition by Rivers United FC, the Committee unanimously recommended that the NFF Executive Committee endorse the LMC decision and the Final Table for the 2019/2020 season in line with the NFF Statutes. It also charged the LMC to work out its calendar to ensure that very minimal number of matches are postponed for Clubs taking part in continental competitions. As part of its consultations on the matter, the NFF reached out to both continental-governing body, CAF and world-governing body, FIFA, whose responses affirmed the position of the NFF Football Committee. The said meeting of the NFF Football Committee reviewed the following: * The process followed by the LMC from May 2020 when the NFF approved the decision to end the NPFL 2019/2020 season at Match day 25 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, to July 2020 when it approved the NPFL table based on the PPG system with the top three teams to represent Nigeria in the 2020/2021 CAF Inter-Clubs Competitions. * The relevant provisions of the NPFL Rule Book that the LMC relied upon to end the season and adopt the PPG. * The Petition from Rivers Utd proposing for the LMC to use the Goal difference to break the tie. * The LMC’s response to Rivers Utd Petition seeking to clarify the issues and stating the basis of its decision. From the above, the meeting established that: * The LMC followed all the due process of consultation with the NPFL Participating clubs and the NFF in coming to the decision to end the NPFL 2019/2020 Season at Match day 25. * The PPG table was presented by LMC for discussions by the clubs including Rivers United since May 2020 and there were no objections on the standings and/or the application of the head-to-head to break the tie. * Indeed, it was the same table that was presented to the Government in June 2020 as part of discussions to end the league or go for a Super 6, given the Nation-wide Lockdown order announced as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. read also:CHANGE OF NATIONALITY: Saka’s parents plead for time as NFF finally contacts player Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy AboutThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe Loading… center_img * Rivers Utd belatedly made a complaint on the PPG table standings only after the final decision to end the league was taken and weeks after the league standings were established. * The Clubs were duly carried along and voted twice in the final decision to end the league and use the PPG system, first by the 20 NPFL clubs at an internal meeting and second by the same clubs at the joint meeting between NFF, LMC and the 20 NPFL Clubs. The majority of the clubs (18-2) voted to end the league and use the PPG system. * The Committee noted that the novel Covid-19 pandemic presented an ‘exceptional’ situation and disruptions globally that presented a ‘force majeure’ which warranted the decision to end the league. * The LMC duly adhered to and relied on the relevant provisions of the NPFL Rule Book in coming to a decision. Specifically, the ‘Force Majeure’ provisions and “Matters Not Provided for” under NPFL Rule Book Articles 15.24 and 15.2 * NPFL Rule Book Article 15.24 unconditionally placed the authority and rights on the LMC to take the necessary decisions under the prevailing circumstances (Force Majeure occasioned by the Covid-19 Pandemic), having regard to interest of fairness, good sportsmanship and overall interest of the game * The Rivers Utd Petition which relied on Clause 3 of the NPFL Rule Book (The Competition) does not apply under the circumstances (Force Majeure) as the clause is only relevant if the NPFL full season had been completed and/or the clubs have all played equal number of games (in which case the application of the PPG would be irrelevant). * The Application of the head-to-head on the NPFL 2019/2020 PPG Table to separate a tie was not limited to only Rivers Utd vs Enyimba but was also applied to decide hierachy between MFM and Wikki Tourists as well as between Jigawa and Nasarawa Utd. Subsequently, the meeting resolved that: * That the LMC followed due process by consulting the participating clubs in coming to a decision on the PPG and its application. * That the majority of the NPFL Clubs duly voted (18-2) to end the league and adopt the PPG system to homologate the final league table. * That the LMC acted within its powers and authority, and adhered to the letter of its rulebook (NPFL Rule Book) in coming to a decision on the final PPG-adjusted NPFL table which it adopted for the 2019/2020 season. * That the NFF does not have the power to overturn the decision of the LMC on the matter unless it is found to have flouted its own rules and regulations as contained in the NPFL Rule Book. * That the Committee, therefore unanimously recommends that the NFF Executive Committee endorse the LMC decision and the Final NPFL 2019/2020 Season PPG table in line with the provisions of the NFF Statutes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Soppe wins number 100 plus track title at Maquoketa

first_imgJeff Larson launched from midpack at the start and then to the lead about halfway through the 20-lap QCJeeps.com IMCA Modified feature. He dominated the rest of the way. Jimmy Comins was the model of consistency all season in the GRE / REV Chassis IMCA Stock Cars. That paid off with his first track crown and he got his first-ever 15-lap feature win in a Stock Car to top it off. Point runner-up Tim Bader, Bob Ahrendsen, Chris Hinrichs and Rick Zaruba followed. After destroying his car in a rollover early in the season Comins jumped behind the wheel of his cousin Brandon’s machine to finish off the season run.  Soppe had clinched the track championship before the green flag ever flew.  “This is what we’re here for and the championship tops it off,” Soppe said. ““We like the track and what Nick (Promoter McCrady) has done with it. We’ll be back next year.”  Ray Cox, Jr. charged up to second ahead of early leader Timmy Current, Steve Johnson and Jaden Fryer. Bryce Garnhart was part of an early caution, finished 15th, but still won his second straight track title.  “The car wasn’t really that good tonight,” Soppe added. “We tried the top early and were able to make it work when we got out front.”  MAQUOKETA, Iowa (Aug. 24) – Again, no matter the obstacle, Tyler Soppe cranked the steering wheel one way and then back the other while at full speed. center_img Jerry Miles, Bob Silaggi, Jacob Ellithorpe and Scott Williams rounded out the top five.  White stormed to the front and held off Vohringer for his first win of 2019. Lane Vohringer, Shane Oberbreckling and Roger Winkers came next. By Rob Hinckley It was no surprise he was at the front of the 15-lap B&D Pit Stop IMCA Northern SportMod Season Championship feature Saturday evening at Maquoketa Speedway.  The Shawn’s Auto Service IMCA Hobby Stock 12-lap Season Championship finale was the only main to settle the track bragging rights. Point leader Daniel Wauters pulled out of the feature early so Kile Vohringer made up the single point deficit with his second place finish behind first-time winner Brandon White to take the title. Soppe’s victory was the ninth at Maquoketa and 26th overall in 2019. It also was his 100th IMCA career victory in the division.last_img read more

Judge Faces Federal Obstruction Charges For Allegedly Playing “Hide the Illegal Immigrant” from ICE

first_imgFederal Prosecutors say no judge is above the law and have charged a Massachusetts Judge and court officer with preventing immigration from arresting a previously deported undocumented suspect who was in her courtroom on drug and other charges.Federal prosecutors charged the Massachusetts judge with obstruction of justice Thursday, saying helped the twice-deported illegal criminal escape the grasp of ICE after a state court hearing by allowing him to leave the courthouse through a back door. The indictment accuses District Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph and a court officer, Wesley MacGregor, of allowing the immigrant to leave the courthouse, out of a federal agent’s sight, and lying about it later. Both have plead not guilty.“This prosecution is absolutely political. Shelley Joseph is absolutely innocent,” an attorney for the Massachusetts judge said just now after she pleaded not guilty to obstruction charges for allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant escape ICE. pic.twitter.com/4eYkmab5Vs— Joey Garrison (@joeygarrison) April 25, 2019 According to Federal prosecutors, the judge had ordered the ICE agent to wait out in the lobby for the inmate while she allegedly conspired with the court officer on how to prevent the illegal immigrant’s capture.The obstruction charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.The two were released without having to post bond. Both have to surrender their passports and are restricted from traveling outside the U.S.MacGregor, who is licensed to carry, must surrender his firearm. Prosecutors alleged that during an April 2018 court hearing in Newtown, Mass., Joseph and MacGregor allowed the Dominican national, detained on drug and outstanding warrant charges, to leave the courthouse from a downstairs back door after the judge instructed an immigration agent to wait in the hallway outside her courtroom. The migrant, later identified as Jose Medina-Perez, had previously been deported from the United States twice before – in 2003 and in 2007 – and had been barred from re-entering the country until 2027.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials learned of Medina-Perez’s detention following his March 30, 2018, arrest when local police submitted his fingerprints to the national law enforcement database. The fingerprint notification prompted ICE officials to issue a detainer, requesting local police to alert them within 48 hours of any planned release.last_img read more

Football News Cristiano Ronalod in doubt for Juventus’ trip to Napoli: Reports

first_img New Delhi: Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubt for Juventus’ Serie A clash at Napoli on Sunday after picking up an ankle injury during the weekend’s 1-0 win at Bologna, the club announced on Wednesday. Juventus took to the website and told that Cristiano Ronaldo is scheduled for check-ups today. He further went on saying that Ronaldo had earlier hurt his left ankle during the game against Bologna.”For CR7, check-ups have been scheduled for today and tomorrow following a knock to his left ankle during the game against Bologna,” Juventus said on their website.Champions Juve travels to second-placed Napoli 13 points clear at the top of the league, and coach Massimiliano Allegri could leave the Portuguese out of the match knowing that even a defeat would likely not cause serious harm their bid for an eighth straight title. Juve host Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on March 12 needing to overturn a 2-0 deficit after being beaten at the Wanda Metropolitano in the first leg of their last-16 tie with the La Liga outfit.After two days of rest, following the trip to Bologna, Juventus returned to training today, where the squad officially began preparation for Sunday evening’s game against Napoli, at 20:30.The team met up this afternoon, and underneath the Spring-like sun, they took part in athletic training before working with the ball. Circulation, possession work, shooting, and working with space and movement was just some of the work the team focused their attention on, in what was an intense session.Both Douglas Costa and Cristiano Ronaldo trained separately from the group. highlights Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubt for the next game. Ronaldo suffered a left ankle injury. Juventus will play Napoli on Sunday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Big Ten Conference will play only conference games in football, several other sports if fall seasons proceed in pandemic

first_imgBig Ten Conference will play only conference games in football, several other sports if fall seasons proceed in pandemic Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Big Ten Conference will play only conference games in football, several other sports if fall seasons proceed in pandemic.center_img July 9, 2020last_img