Palestine, perpetually short of electricity, turns to solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:From orderly rows of solar panels in a field in the West Bank to the chaotic rooftops of Gaza, Palestinians are hoping that harnessing the energy of the sun can reduce their dependence on Israel for electricity.The West Bank only gets around three-quarters of the power its 3 million people need, imported mostly from Israel and, to a far lesser extent, Jordan.In the Gaza Strip, power generation is so paltry that, even with imports from Israel and Egypt, it gets just one-third of what it needs – so the 2 million Gazans struggle on with an average of just four hours of electricity a day.Individuals have taken it on themselves to install solar panels, trailing cables down the side of buildings to keep fans whirring or to power televisions and other appliances.The number of panels in the enclave has increased four-fold in four years and they are now dotted on most rooftops and balcony on homes, schools, hospitals, shops, banks and mosques in a place where the sun shines 320 days a year.In Gaza’s Nusseirat refugee camp, Sabreen Abu Shawiesh said installing solar panels on the metal roof of her one-floor house had changed her family’s life: “We almost had no electricity, nowadays fans are working all day.”The sun may be free, but the technology is not, and Palestinians say their ability to import solar panels has been hampered by Israeli border controls.Entrepreneurs in Gaza say they have sometimes been banned from importing various kinds of batteries – including those used for solar power – by Israel, on the grounds that they might be used for military purposes.In the West Bank, ruled by President Mahmoud Abbas’s Western-backed Palestinian Authority, the public and private sectors have launched projects to diversify power sources to get cheaper electricity and more self-sufficiency.The Authority’s Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF) plans to build three solar farms and put solar energy into 500 schools. The three new plants will generate 22 megawatts per day. The West Bank needs 1,400 megawatts but currently only 1,100 megawatts are available.Larger solar projects would require more land but it is scarce because, under the Oslo peace accords of the mid-1990s, Israel retains control of much of the land of the West Bank.“We will be in a good position if we reach 5 or 10 per cent of the required electricity supply for Palestine in general from solar energy,” said Azem Bishara, chief executive officer of Massader, a subsidiary of the PIF.Bishara said Massader intended to invest $200 million in renewable energy over the next six years to generate an additional 200 megawatts.The Gaza Strip only has one power plant, which generated 140 megawatts in 1999 when it was built but now only produces 23 megawatts. The enclave imports 30 megawatts from Egypt and 120 from Israel. This is less than a third of the Strip’s daily needs – estimated at up to 600 megawatts a day.Last week the European Union completed Gaza’s biggest solar farm which will provide 0.5 megawatts per day to fuel the Southern Gaza Desalination Plant, also funded by the EU.More: Palestinians turn to the sun to reduce their power shortfall Palestine, perpetually short of electricity, turns to solarlast_img read more

‘Pusher’ falls in buy-bust

first_imgBACOLOD City – He allegedly sold illegal drugs, police said.Alcher John Miranda, 28, was nabbed in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay San Teodoro, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, a police report showed. When frisked, Miranda yielded five more sachets of suspected illegal drugs. Miranda – resident of the village – was caught after he sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover cop for P500 around 10 p.m. on June 5, it added.center_img The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Binalbagan municipal police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more

League Cup quarter-finals get underway tonight.

first_imgAll three games will kick-off at 7-45. Manager Manuel Pellegrini won’t rest too many players for the tie against the promotion chasers.Middlesbrough, who are currently in second-place in the Championship, will be hoping for an upset as they host Everton, who are likely to be without James McCarthy.Also tonight, Stoke will host Sheffield Wednesday at the Britannia.last_img

Brexit protests to take place along Donegal border ahead of major EU Summit

first_imgMajor demonstrations are to take place along the Donegal-Derry border tomorrow (Weds) ahead of an EU summit on Thursday. The EU’s chief negotiator has said a Brexit deal could still be struck this week despite it becoming “more difficult” to reach an agreement.Michel Barnier, who will update EU ministers at a meeting in Luxembourg later, has previously said “big gaps” remained between the UK and EU. However, Britain has been accused of “dragging the North of Ireland with it against the democratic wishes of the majority of the population” ahead of the major summit.Border Communities Against Brexit (BCAB) have organised peaceful protests ahead of the meeting between the EU and UK on Thursday.Dermot O’Hara, Border Communities Against Brexit (BCAB) spokesperson, said: “On Wednesday we are asking people to come out to one of the main border crossings – Bridgend, Killea or Muff at 8pm to show their anger at a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, and to light a beacon, torch or some other form light to show our implacable opposition to being dragged out of the EU. “Everyone will be affected by Brexit including students and universities, community workers and community services, trade unionists and working conditions, cross border workers, people with disabilities who will lose some of their rights and business people.“We want people to make their own ‘location sign’, poster, banner or flag and to send pictures and videos to @BCAB4EU with the hashtag #NoBorisBorder and also tag Border Communities Against Brexit on Facebook, let’s break the internet.“This will allow for the extent of the protests to be seen all around the world and in Brussels, Dublin and London.”Brexit protests to take place along Donegal border ahead of major EU Summit was last modified: October 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Brexitlast_img read more

Chelsea v Schalke: Drogba and Luis start

first_imgDidier Drogba has recovered from an ankle problem in time for tonight’s game and starts up front for Chelsea, with Loic Remy and Diego Costa among the substitutes.The Ivorian makes his first start since returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer, while left-back Filipe Luis is handed his full debut by Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who also includes Ramires and Willian. Cesar Azpilicueta is on the bench. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Drogba.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Oscar, Remy, Costa.Schalke: Fährmann, Höger, Ayhan, Neustädter, Fuchs, Boateng, Aogo, Sam, Meyer, Draxler, Huntelaar.Subs: Wetklo, Friedrich, Clemens, Choupo-Moting, Obasi, Barnetta, Avdijaj.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

2019 Miami East-MVCTC FFA September Member of the Month

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The September 2019 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Isabella Waite. She is the daughter of Jeff and Valerie Waite. She is a junior and third year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.Isabella had a very successful 2019 Miami County Fair. She exhibited several items in the Horticulture Division of the FFA Shop and Crop Building. Her cherry tomatoes were first place and named Reserve Horticulture entry. Additionally, Isabella participated in the Minnesota-Ohio Leadership Exchange program in the summer of 2019. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience consists of raising breeding rabbits.Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one member that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities.  If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.last_img read more

Connections with 10 Janpath, leading criteria for for appointment of cabinet secretary

first_imgWhile merit and seniority are the accepted criteria for the appointment of the cabinet secretary, other factors have come into play this time. More than one hopeful is flaunting connections with 10 Janpath, leading to inexplicable delay. “The RSS has maintained it can do business with the Congress. What is,While merit and seniority are the accepted criteria for the appointment of the cabinet secretary, other factors have come into play this time. More than one hopeful is flaunting connections with 10 Janpath, leading to inexplicable delay.”The RSS has maintained it can do business with the Congress. What is left unsaid is that the BJP can support the Congress if they discard the Left.” Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) Politburo member”Dawood is involved in the Mumbai blasts, Quattrochi siphoned off the country’s money. The Congress president owes moral and political explanations.” L.K. Advani, leader of the Opposition”The Congress has earmarked quotas for Muslims in jobs and education to get their votes.” Rajnath Singh, BJP president”The whole social sector is skewed in favour of the urban elite. That is responsible for our poor performance in the Commonwealth Games.” Mani Shankar Aiyar, sports minister”At 33, if I am forced to come out and play a (Davis Cup) singles match, that is something we definitely have got to look into.” Leander Paes, tennis playerlast_img read more

HHI Bags Orders for 29 Ships in 2018

first_imgzoom 2018 seems to be off to a good start for South Korean shipbuilders as they reveal a strong demand for newbuilds in the first quarter of this year amid market’s accelerating recovery.Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) said last week that the ordering tally so far this year includes orders for 29 ships, worth USD 2 billion.These include 3 LNG carriers, eight LPG carriers, 10 oil tankers, 6 container vessels and two very large ore carriers.The latest order reported on Monday, March 6 was for two LNG carriers from an undisclosed European shipowner.Furthermore, the shipbuilder has raised KRW 1.2 trillion (USD 1.15 billion) from its rights issue.The net proceeds from the issue will be streamlined to improve the shipbuilder’s financial structure and back investment in technological developments and smart vessels.The shipbuilder plans to keep its focus on gas carrier market amid the anticipated growth of LNG and LPG volumes coupled with the U.S.’s aggressive energy exports policy and China’s eco-friendly energy consumption campaign.Hence, the company expects to receive additional orders for large-scale LNG carriers.Hyundai Heavy Industries Group received orders for a total of 15 LNG carriers, including seven options, last year, achieving a market share of over 40 pct in large-size LNG carriers.For 2018, the group is targeting an orderbook value of USD 13.2 billion, up from USD 9.9 billion from 2017.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Penn Is Historys Best No 16 Seed Can It Pull Off The

2015ManhattanMAAC164364-74 vs. Hampton* Penn is the best No. 16 seed ever (according to Elo)Highest Elo rating for No. 16 seeds going into the NCAA Tournament, 1985-2018 2008Portland StateBig Sky169861-85 vs. Kansas 2010Vermont1619Syracuse1986-366 There are only a few things left in sports that have never happened: five homers in a game, a sub-two-hour marathon, a quintuple double. Probably the most famous, though, is the knocking off of a No. 1 seed by a No. 16 seed in the men’s NCAA Tournament. (A 16 vs. 1 upset has happened once on the women’s side, when Harvard beat Stanford in 1998.) It’s actually kind of weird that it hasn’t happened yet; although No. 16 seeds are usually pretty bad, you’d think at least one would have broken through over the course of 33 years and 132 tries. The 133rd No. 16 to take a crack at it will be the Ivy Leaguers from the University of Pennsylvania, which faces Kansas on Thursday — and Penn’s chances of beating a No. 1 are among the best a No. 16 seed has ever had.For starters, Penn is a lot better than the usual No. 16 seed. According to our Elo ratings — which measure a team’s strength based on (among other factors) who it’s beaten and by how much — the Quakers rank 76th in the country, with an even 1700 rating. How good is that? By definition, the typical D-I team rates around 1500, and since they first became a thing in 1985 (excluding this season), No. 16 seeds have had an average Elo rating of 1483.1This number includes No. 16 seeds that lost their play-in games before the round of 64. By the way, if that number seems strangely close to average, remember that there are a ton of teams in Division I — 351, to be exact — so even lowly No. 16 seeds are around the mean for all D-I schools. Before Penn this year, the highest-rated No. 16 seed of all time was Portland State, which carried a 1698 rating heading into the 2008 tournament. (It ended up losing, to Kansas of all teams, by 24.) Penn is officially the first No. 16 seed ever to break the 1700 barrier in Elo: 1990Arkansas-Little Rock1607UNLV1990-382 1985SouthernSWAC163659-83 vs. St John’s (NY) 2018PennsylvaniaIvy1700— 2006Oral Roberts1629Memphis1931-302 2006Oral RobertsMidCont162978-94 vs. Memphis 2017South Dakota State1621Gonzaga2029-408 2011UNC-Asheville1594Pittsburgh2008-415 2012VermontAEC162958-77 vs. North Carolina YearTeamConf.Elotournament loss 2017S. Dakota StateSummit162146-66 vs. Gonzaga No. 16 seedNo. 1 SEED Is this the 16-vs-1 matchup we’ve been waiting for?Smallest differentials in pregame Elo ratings for No. 16 seeds against No. 1′s in the NCAA Tournament, 1985-2018 * Play-in gameSource: 2010VermontAEC161956-79 vs. Syracuse There is one big catch, however. The game will be played in Wichita, Kansas, just two-and-a-half hours down the road from the Jayhawks’ campus in Lawrence. Because our full-blown tournament model — which contains many accuracy-boosting bells and whistles that pure Elo differential ignores — takes travel distance into account, it gives Penn only a 5 percent shot at the historic victory. That’s still really high by 16-seed standards — the best chance since the current iteration of our model rolled out in 2013 — but comparing that to the typical No. 16’s win probability is like saying the Cleveland Browns had a better winning percentage in 2016 than in 2017. Sure, it’s true, but neither number is especially good.In other words, the Quakers probably won’t win. Unlike practically every other 16-vs-1 matchup, though, this one should give you a millisecond of doubt when filling out your bracket. We always say that, eventually, a No. 16 seed will beat a No. 1 seed. For Penn, there might be no time like the present.Check out our latest March Madness predictions. 1985Southern1636St John’s (NY)1948-312 YearTeamEloTeamEloElo Diff. 1985North Carolina A&T1544Oklahoma1963-420 2012LamarSouthland163559-71 vs. Vermont* It’s also worth noting that Ivy League schools are usually not relegated to being first-round cannon fodder. According to the NCAA, the Ivy’s 43 all-time NCAA Tournament wins makes it the most successful conference outside of the six major conferences and the top mid-majors.2Specifically: the American Athletic, Atlantic 10, West Coast, Mountain West, Missouri Valley and Conference USA. Ivy teams have won three of their last five games in the round of 64 (and that doesn’t even include Cornell’s Sweet 16 bid in 2010). And the two first-round losses were by a combined 4 points. Some of that is a function of seeding, but that’s also the point. The last time an Ivy League team was seeded as low as 16th was 1989, when (coincidentally enough) Pete Carril’s Princeton squad came the closest to knocking off a No. 1 seed of any 16-seed ever, losing by only 1 point to Georgetown:Of course, even if Penn is the best No. 16 seed ever, the Quakers aren’t playing another No. 16 seed on Thursday; they’re playing Kansas, which just earned its 14th No. 1 seed in program history. KU has wiped the floor with No. 16 seeds by an average margin of 25 points per game, with only one (Western Kentucky in 2013) keeping the final score within single digits.One piece of good news for Penn, however, is that this year’s Jayhawks aren’t quite as strong as they’ve tended to be in their other top-seeded seasons. With an Elo of 1985, Kansas is well below the historical average (2071) for No. 1 seeds in the 64-team-bracket era. Only nine other No. 1 seeds have had a lower pre-tournament Elo in that span than KU has this season.So Penn-Kansas might be the perfect storm we obsessive 16-over-1 hopefuls have been waiting for: a combination of the best No. 16 seed in history and one of the weaker No. 1 seeds. According to Elo, the 285-point gap between the Quakers and Jayhawks is the smallest for any 1-vs-16 game in tournament history. 2013James Madison1574Indiana1986-412 2012UNC-AshevilleBig South161965-72 vs. Syracuse Source: 2008Portland State1698Kansas2102-404 2018Pennsylvania1700Kansas1985-285 read more

Down the rink Columbus Blue Jackets recap – Week 7

Right wing Cam Atkinson signed a seven-year contract extension on Nov. 17 with the Blue Jackets. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Columbus Blue Jackets bounced back from three straight losses the week before to take two games against quality opponents.Defenseman Zach Werenski buried an overtime goal against Montreal and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky had a 36-save, 2-0 shutout victory for his 21st career shutout with Columbus against the New York Rangers.Before the Jackets face off with Buffalo in New York on Monday night, here’s the rundown from this past week’s three major storylines.Tortorella searching for answers defensivelyAs expected, the top defensive line of Seth Jones and Zach Werenski have continued to be the force carries the Jackets in their own zone. Past that, the defense remains largely unsolved. The difference this week, head coach John Tortorella is sending a message.He surprisingly made David Savard a healthy scratch Friday against the Rangers due to his play. Savard has been a defensive staple for the better part of four seasons, but the blue-liner certainly hasn’t played up to par to this point. Rookie Gabriel Carlsson replaced Savard on the second line.The second defensive pairing of Jack Johnson and David Savard gave up the only goal the Jackets allowed this week in a continued downward spiral from two of Columbus’ most consistent defenders last season. The two have the lowest plus-minus rating of any defensive fixtures in the lineup. Both recorded career-highs in plus-minus last year — Savard plus-33, Johnson plus-23.Savard will be back in the lineup Monday with Carlsson being sent back to Cleveland, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Blue Jackets.Zach Werenski finding offensive rhythmIt’s no secret the Blue Jackets have struggled on offense this season, despite having some of the best young talent in the Metropolitan division. Even for defensemen, that can be frustrating. But Werenski found the back of the net twice, both in game-winning fashion. His overtime goal against Montreal then a second-period wrister against New York.His offense from the blue line is arguably just as important as getting the forwards onto the scoring sheet. If Werenski can carry his two-game goal streak over to the power play, the Jackets can return to offensive prominence as many expected before the season.Atkinson signs seven-year extensionThe next two offseasons are going to test the front office, with 15 players listed as an unrestricted or restricted free agent in the 2018 and 2019 offseasons. But team president John Davidson and general manager Jarmo Kekalainen can cross one off the board with a huge seven-year deal, reportedly in excess of $40 million to Cam Atkinson. The new deal also includes a no-move clause.Atkinson, 28, has led the Jackets in scoring the past two seasons and should remain a big part of the franchise’s offense for years to come.He failed to record a point in his first game on Friday since his signing, but fired a team-high seven shots and moved furiously through the Rangers defense, attacking the net on each shift.Injury reportThird-line left wing Matt Calvert was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 6. Calvert is expected to miss three to four weeks with an upper body injury.Fourth-line center Lukas Sedlak is on injured reserve with ankle injury retroactive to Oct. 23.Alexander Wennberg has missed the past two games with unknown injury.Looking aheadCurrently on a three-game winning streak, the Blue Jackets are tied atop the Metropolitan division with Pittsburgh and New Jersey with 25 points. After Monday, they have four of their next five games at home against four teams that have winning records.Top performers (skaters)Zach Werenski – two goals (6), two points (12), +2Brandon Dubinsky – two assists (6), two points (8), +1Josh Anderson – one goal (7), one point (10), +1Artemi Panarin – one goal (4), one point (14), 1 power-play goalGoaltending:Sergei Bobrovsky – 2-0-0 (11-4-1), 0.50 goals allowed average (2.02), 64 saves, .985 save percentage (.933)In the circle (faceoff record, faceoff win percentage, EV record, PP record, SH record)Brandon Dubinsky – 34-16, 68.0, 29-14, 0-0, 5-2 Nick Foligno – 16-19, 45.7, 12-19, 3-0, 1-0Pierre-Luc Dubois – 7-7, 50.0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0Jordan Schroeder – 8-3, 72.7, 7-3, 1-0, 0-0Overall: 569-636 (47.2 percent), ranked 28thSpecial teams units:Powerplay – 0-for-2 at Montreal; 1-for-3 vs. New York RangersOverall: 6-for-57 (10.5 percent), ranked 31stPenalty kill – 2-for-2 at Montreal; 3-for-3 vs. New York RangersOverall: 42-for-51 (82.3 percent), ranked 12thUp next:11/20 – at Buffalo (5-11-4)11/22 – vs. Calgary (11-8-0)11/24 – vs. Ottawa (8-5-6) read more