IEA data show India has invested more in renewables than coal over last three years

first_imgIEA data show India has invested more in renewables than coal over last three years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Independent:A whopping 74 per cent of India’s electricity generation comes from coal-fired power plants, and coal use in the country continues to increase, but we may be seeing the beginning of the end of coal’s rein as renewable energy investments have begun to outpace those in fossil fuels.According to the International Energy Agency, India’s move towards spending on renewables has been driven both by policy and by the rapidly falling costs of bringing solar power online. For the past three years in a row India has seen greater total investments in renewables than in fossil fuels, the report shows, while spending on solar energy overtook spending on coal-fired power generation for the first time in 2018.Despite its growing use of coal and increasing demands, the country appears to remain on track to meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement, in which it pledged to bring 175 gigawatts of renewable energy online by 2022. So far the country has installed over 77GW – double its renewables capacity of four years ago – and has signed off a further 60GW for construction.Meanwhile, India’s new coal power generation has dropped from roughly 20 gigawatts of additional capacity being added each year to less than 10 gigawatts added in each of the last three years, Sameer Kwatra, a climate change and energy policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council told Inside Climate News.The slow move away from coal in India fits with global trends in investment in fossil fuels which have tumbled over the last three years.More: India investing more money in solar power than coal for first timelast_img read more

Idul Fitri falls on Sunday, government declares

first_imgThe government announced on Friday that the first day of Syawal month, which marks the Idul Fitri celebration, would fall on Sunday.All the major Islamic organizations in the country have endorsed the decision made during a limited isbat (confirmation) meeting held by the Religious Affairs Ministry with the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and other related institutions in Jakarta.Several Islamic organizations attended Friday’s meeting via video conference.“After combining both the hisab [astronomical calculation] and rukyat [lunar movement observation] methods, we have concluded that Idul Fitri this year will fall on Sunday,” Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said.He added that Saudi Arabia would also celebrate the holy day on Sunday.The minister said that none of the observation teams deployed in 80 locations across the country had spotted the hilal (crescent moon) as of Friday evening.Read also: MUI, Muhammadiyah call for Idul Fitri prayers at homePrior to the announcement, the ministry’s astronomy expert, Cecep Nurwendaya, explained his calculation. “Based on the astronomical calculation, the moon sighted on Friday evening has yet to meet the criteria of a hilal,” he said.The head of House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing religious and social affairs, Yandri Susanto, expressed his relief that the results of both the hisab and rukyat methods were aligned.“The Islamic organizations have also agreed to strengthen communication in the future so that we will consistently agree on the date of Idul Fitri,” he said.For years, the second-largest Islamic organization in the country, Muhammadiyah, had set different dates both for the start of the fasting month and for Idul Fitri.This year, however, Muhammadiyah had already announced in February that Idul Fitri would fall on May 24 based on their hisab calculation.As the moon was still below the horizon on Friday evening, the fasting month of Ramadan will be rounded up to 30 days.Read also: COVID-19: Jokowi cancels Idul Fitri open house event at State PalaceThis means Ramadan will end on Saturday, when Muslims are no longer fasting and performing tarawih (evening Ramadan prayers), and will celebrate Idul Fitri the next morning.However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MUI has advised Muslims in the country not to hold Idul Fitri prayers at mosques and other open spaces that involve a large mass of people.On May 13, the MUI issued a fatwa that allows Idul Fitri prayers to be performed at homes in the so-called COVID-19 red zones, or areas where the outbreak has spread uncontrollably. In areas where the virus is largely contained, prayers can be done normally.“However, we still strongly appeal to Muslims in green zones to pray at home to curb the spread of COVID-19. Even so, Idul Fitri prayer is sunnah [not obligatory],” MUI Fatwa Council chair Hasanuddin said, also pointing to the fact that even obligatory prayers such as Friday prayers had been avoided during the pandemic.Istiqlal Grand Mosque in Jakarta has decided to celebrate the eve of Idul Fitri virtually, with only five people attending the takbir (chants and praises) procession at the mosque while adhering to the COVID-19 precautions.“The takbir will be broadcast via the Istiqlal Mosque YouTube channel and [state-run television network] TVRI,” Istiqlal Mosque spokesperson Abu Hurairah said.Read also: Idul Fitri collective leave moved to December due to COVID-19After all, this year’s Ramadan has been embraced in a more tranquil manner than ever before, as the Religious Affairs Minister called on Muslims to avoid performing tarawih in congregations as well as visiting relatives’ graves (ziarah) and returning to their hometown for the mudik (exodus) tradition.Topics :last_img read more

Jakarta back under PSBB, but less strict than before

first_imgThe Jakarta administration has decided to reimpose large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) starting on Monday, but the curbs are more relaxed than when they were first implemented in April, leading experts to doubt the policy will bring down cases and deaths in the capital.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said at a press conference on Sunday that the measure would last for two weeks and could be extended.Workplaces in 11 essential sectors – including health, food, energy, communications, finance, logistics and daily needs retail – will be allowed to remain open at 50 percent of capacity, while private companies outside these sectors as well as government offices must implement work-from-home policies and allow no more than 25 percent of their employees to work in the office at the same time. “We’re now seeing cases emerge mostly from offices. That’s why, for the PSBB starting on Sept. 14, our main focus will be on restrictions in office areas,” he said.Some of these restrictions were more relaxed than the first time the city imposed the PSBB in April, when all places of worship had to be closed, malls and markets were allowed to open only for essential daily needs and nonessential companies had to get an Industrial Ministry permit to operate.”There’s no difference to the past six months. I’m confused as to how they could distinguish between the 25 and 50 percent capacity,” Masdalina Pane of the Indonesian Epidemiologists Association (PAEI) said.She expressed doubt that the measure would reduce COVID-19 transmissions, saying that now, with new cases reaching thousands, all people in the affected areas should be required to stay at home. “During the PSBB in Jakarta, there could be people traveling to their hometowns, and when the PSBB is lifted, they’ll come back to Jakarta. This has been happening repeatedly over the past six months; adding new cases in other regions […]. When Jakarta sees declining cases, they’ll rise again. This is what’s called ping-pong transmission,” Masdalina said.Under the reimposed PSBB, travelers will not need to provide the previously required exit and entry permits (SIKM), while app-based motorcycle taxis, previously allowed only to carry goods, now may still carry passengers, provided they abide by health protocol, although a separate Transportation Agency regulation is to regulate the matter further.Public transportation will be limited to 50 percent of passenger capacity, and the odd-even license plate traffic policy will be suspended for the duration of the PSBB.Read also: 50 days of Indonesia’s partial lockdown. Is it enough for the ‘new normal’?The government’s spokesperson for all things COVID-19, Wiku Adisasmito, said during the press briefing that Jakarta’s decision to reimpose the full PSBB had been coordinated with the national COVID-19 task-force and the central government.Anies announced the return to full PSBB on Wednesday, citing an increasing number of daily new COVID-19 cases and a decreasing number of free hospital beds. The announcement sparked concerns over the country’s economy among many, from government officials to the business community.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the plan should be “well and cautiously calculated”.One of Indonesia’s richest men, Budi Hartono of tobacco company Djarum, sent a letter to the President on Friday expressing his objection to the plan and citing data that, he said, showed that “the PSBB policy has proven ineffective in reducing infections in Jakarta”.A biostatistics researcher at the University of Indonesia’s (UI) School of Public Health, Iwan Ariawan, who has been analyzing data for Jakarta, said that, during the first full PSBB, cases had in fact been on the decline, but spiked again afterward, when the city entered the so-called transition phase.Iwan said his team’s analysis since April showed that, as the proportion of people staying at home since April dropped, there was a rise in estimated new cases per day.His team used mobility data from Cuebiq mobility insights and UNICEF and Jakarta’s daily data on new cases based on reported symptom onset, concluding that, when fewer than 50 percent of Jakarta’s residents stayed at home, there was an estimated increase of 100 cases a day for every 1 percent reduction in the share of those staying at home.When the proportion was between 55 percent and 65 percent, as observed during the full PSBB, there was no difference in daily cases at around 140 cases per day.Read also: Jakarta gears up for possible collapse of healthcare systemIwan expressed doubt that the new PSBB phase would lift the proportion of people staying at home to the desired 60 percent to suppress transmission. In that case the government had to ensure that at least 85 percent of the people who do not stay at home follow health protocol regarding face masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing, Iwan said, citing studies conducted abroad.”If things run just the way they do now, it won’t be enough. There need to be stronger efforts in communicating and raising people’s awareness, as well as in enforcement,” he said.But even such restrictions and health campaigns, experts said, would not be enough to reduce transmission without improved isolation and contact-tracing.Iwan said the Health Ministry’s protocol had to be changed to require that all close contacts be tested right away, rather than just being advised to self-isolate for 14 days, and even if isolation was suggested, there should be tighter monitoring.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf’s ‘It’s On Us PA’ Awards $1 Million to 36 Colleges, Universities to Combat Sexual Assault

first_imgGovernor Wolf’s ‘It’s On Us PA’ Awards $1 Million to 36 Colleges, Universities to Combat Sexual Assault January 16, 2020 Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach State and national leaders of the “It’s On Us” initiative joined Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera today to announce nearly $1 million in grants from the Wolf Administration to combat campus sexual assault at 36 colleges and universities. The governor is a steadfast supporter of campus safety and established It’s On Us PA, the nation’s first statewide campaign, four years ago.“Every student, teacher, administrator and visitor to our campuses deserves a safe environment free from harassment,” said Governor Wolf. “This is the fourth year that my administration will be working with students, schools and communities to build programs to raise awareness about and stop sexual assaults. We must never tolerate this behavior on our campuses or a culture that allows it.”It’s On Us is a national initiative championed by President Barack Obama. With today’s announcement, the Wolf Administration has invested a total of nearly $4 million for It’s On Us grants.“We thank the leadership at our colleges and universities for providing students and employees with the critical programs and skills to prevent and end sexual violence on their campuses,” said Education Secretary Rivera. “Through Governor Wolf’s continued commitment to this important initiative, we are implementing strategies that elevate awareness, engage communities and improve institutional campus climates.”It’s On Us Executive Director Tracey Vitchers joined Secretary Rivera for today’s announcement and thanked Pennsylvania for its leadership.“The nearly $4 million in It’s On Us Pennsylvania grants allocated over the last four years have and will continue to empower colleges and universities across the state to do the critically important work of preventing sexual assault within their communities, and responding in a trauma-informed way with survivors when it sadly does occur,” Vitchers said.Colleges and universities use the grants to create programs ranging from campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff, to institutional campaigns to raise awareness of the reporting process and the resources available to survivors of sexual violence.The 2019-20 It’s On Us PA recipients include public and private institutions in every corner of the state. The colleges and universities enroll a total of nearly 250,000 students. Of those students, more than 62,000 live on campus.Last July, Gov. Wolf signed legislation, championed by Rep. Dan Frankel and Sen. Lisa Baker, that requires post-secondary institutions to offer online, anonymous options for students to report sexual assaults. Many of this year’s grant recipients will be using the funds to implement those systems, which must be in place by the end of June.“The fight against abuse in schools and on campuses is a serious one requiring deeper awareness and stronger action,” said Sen. Baker. “These grants show an increasing commitment to protecting students against unconscionable emotional and physical abuse and to promptly investigating complaints and appropriately sanctioning perpetrators.”“I want to thank the governor for his leadership in prioritizing the safety of our college and university students,” added Rep. Frankel. “These grants help create an atmosphere where young people can feel protected and supported as they navigate a new chapter in their lives. By providing for training and awareness campaigns, the administration is ensuring that my newly passed legislation to require schools to offer online, anonymous reporting options for students is immediately put into use.”Also, this year was the first time schools could apply for a research grant. St. Vincent College in Latrobe was awarded a $15,000 research grant to assess the statewide impact of the It’s On Us PA grant program and provide recommendations to improve it.The 36 postsecondary institutions selected for grants include:Albright CollegeBloomsburg UniversityBryn Mawr CollegeButler County Community CollegeChatham UniversityCheyney UniversityClarion UniversityCommunity College of Allegheny CountyCurtis Institute of MusicEast Stroudsburg University of PennsylvaniaGannon UniversityGeisinger Commonwealth School of MedicineHoly Family UniversityImmaculata UniversityIndiana University of PAKeystone CollegeLehigh UniversityLock Haven UniversityLycoming CollegeManor CollegeMarywood UniversityMercyhurst UniversityMillersville UniversityPeirce CollegePenn State UniversityPoint Park UniversityRosemont CollegeSaint Francis UniversitySaint Joseph’s UniversityShippensburg UniversitySouth Hills School of Business & TechnologySt. Vincent College – ResearchThiel CollegeUniversity of PittsburghWaynesburg UniversityWilkes UniversityThe governor invited everyone to take the It’s On Us PA pledge. Thousands of students, teachers, families and communities have made a personal and public pledge to help prevent, address and respond effectively to sexual violence.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

BACB pension scheme transacts first open-tendered underwritten buy-in

first_imgThe British Arab Commercial Bank (BACB) Pension Scheme has entered into a £12m (€14.5m) insurance contract with Partnership, in the UK’s first tendered medically underwritten buy-in.The £12m deal covered all non-insured pensioners in the £60m scheme and was arranged via a third-party information collector.MorganAsh collected the medical information from the scheme’s members via a questionnaire. It then passed on the results to all interested insurers to formulate their bids.Insurers responded to the tender based on the identical medical information, resulting in a more competitive price for the trustees to transact. This differed from the process seen thus far, where deals are completed after a pension scheme selects an insurer upfront.JLT Employee Benefits (EB) had worked with insurers and MorganAsh to develop the process for its clients.Graham Wardle of BESTrustees, who chairs the BACB scheme, said the board received a 95% response rate from members, allowing the trustees to obtain an accurate price for the exercise.“We were able to achieve a competitive price by selecting Partnership Assurance, and we are pleased with how streamlined the process was,” he said.“The continual de-risking of our pension scheme is an important goal and ensures the long-term security for our members.”Buyout consultant at JLT EB, David Barratt, said the new process designed by the consultant could be important for schemes looking for effective and efficient de-risking.“We are continually looking to improve efficiencies for our clients and are delighted to have brought this new process to the market,” he said.Partnership Assurance director of corporate partnerships, Will Hale, said the tendered deal represented a landmark in the underwritten bulk annuity market.“We were happy to support JLT Employee Benefits develop this new market process,” he said.“A common approach to the collection of member information will ensure schemes wishing to de-risk through a choice of insurers, and they can be confident of attaining a competitive price.”last_img read more

Sexuality Education – It gets worse! Sex Ed for babies

first_imgLast week we alerted the media to plans by Family Planning to introduce ‘sexuality education’ in schools to children aged as young as 5. If we hadn’t spoken up, it would have gone ‘under the radar’ – which is exactly how these groups want to operate. This is what Family Planning wants to teach five year olds under the marketing banner of “sexuality education”Includes…• Describing themselves in relation to their gender• Identifying body parts, including sexual parts• Discussing changes to the body and ways to care for the bodyIt gets worse..Since then, we’ve been made aware of a World Health Organisation document entitled ‘Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe: A framework for policy makers, educational and health authorities and specialists’, published in 2010, to which the European Parliament is now referring to. And having major input into the document has been none other than Planned Parenthood. Alarm bells should be ringing.What do these ‘Standards’ foresee?  Here are some shocking examples: (and please think about the age of the child as you read the standards)Children aged 0-4 should be informed about: “enjoyment and pleasure when touching one’s own body”, “early childhood masturbation”, “different family relationships”, “the right to explore gender identities”, “the right to explore nakedness and the body, to be curious”, etc. and they should develop “curiosity regarding own and others‘ bodies” and “a positive attitude towards different lifestyles”.Children aged 4-6 should be informed about “enjoyment and pleasure when touching one’s own body”, “early childhood masturbation”, “same-sex relationships”, “sexual feelings (closeness, enjoyment, excitement) as a part of all human feelings ”Children aged 6-9 should go on learning about “enjoyment and pleasure when touching one’s own body (masturbation/self-stimulation)”, but they also should be informed about “different methods of conception” and “the basic idea of contraception (it is possible to plan and decide about your family)”Children aged 9-12 should be informed about “first sexual experience”, “orgasm”, “masturbation”, and should learn to “make a conscious decision to have sexual experiences or not” and “use condoms and contraceptives effectively”.The standards differentiate between “minimum” and “optional” achievements, but masturbation at age 0-4 is mandatory.Hopefully you’re motivated now to ensure that your children are never ever exposed to groups like Family Planning and Rainbow Youth. You simply can’t take the risk. Their agenda is clear. They want to sexualise children and even toddlers and take away their moral innocence. DON’T LET THEM.Hat Tip: read more

Charged With Murder

first_img Tweet Dozens of people converged at St John’s Magistrates’ Court where they remained for at least four hours in anticipation of seeing the men accused of Dorothy Prince’s murder. However, they were disappointed, and dispersed by around 12:30 pm. (Photo by Eustace Samuel)ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Three of the four men who are alleged to have participated in the February 17 robbery at Dee’s Service Station have been charged with the murder of the station attendant who was gunned down during the incident.The murder accused include Police Constable Gideon Jackson, 26, former Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF) member Timorie “Diamond” Elliotte, 21 and 28-year-old Deon “Ticks” Thomas.It is alleged they killed Dorothy Prince, 40, of Potters. The mother of two was shot multiple times during the robbery at Dee’s Service Station, where she worked. She died in hospital on Saturday February 18.By Martina JohnsonAntigua Observer Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional Charged With Murder by: – February 28, 2012center_img Share 34 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Patricia Hermesch

first_imgPatricia J. Hermesch, 83, of Osgood, died October 9, 2018, at Aspen Place in Greensburg. She was born October 10, 1934, in Ripley County, the only child of Elza Wise and Crystal (Peetz) Wise Eisert. She graduated from Napoleon High School in 1952, serving as the president of her class.Pat was the head cook at Jac-Cen-Del High School for 23 years and continued working at Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School part-time for many years after she retired. She was an active member of St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon, helping to teach Religious Ed for several years and assisting at many parish events through the Mary and Martha Circle. She was also a member of the Jolly Circle Home Ec. Club. She loved visiting with family and friends, going out to eat, working outside, and was well-known for her love of red birds.Pat married Walter Hermesch on June 8, 1955, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Millhousen, and he survives. She is also survived by one daughter, Kim, Indianapolis, daughter-in-law, Ann, Osgood, and granddaughter, Elizabeth, Osgood.Pat was preceded in death by her parents, son, Doug, and grandson, Douglas Michael.The Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon on Saturday, October 13, at 10:00, Father Bill Turner officiating, with burial following in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood on Friday, October 12, from 4:00 to 7:00, a Rosary being prayed at 3:30. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Maurice Catholic Church or the Napoleon Fire Department.www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Man Utd negotiating six-month Ighalo loan extension as striker’s deal runs down

first_img Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts10 Albino Animals Who Look Like GhostsHere’s What Everyday Objects Look Like If Cut In Half10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny Loading… United have already had to pay Shenhua a loan fee for the original deal, and the Chinese side would expect another instalment for the extended stay. While sources say there is hope and confidence a deal can be found between all parties, the extension has yet to be fully agreed upon as the deadline ticks closer. read also:Ighalo will take £75m personal gamble for Man Utd stay Ighalo’s arrival in January was widely criticised as it went against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revamped transfer strategy of recruiting young British players. However, it was deemed a sensible move as a temporary solution to alleviate injury problems after Marcus Rashford was sidelined with a back injury. Ighalo has in turn impressed for the club he supported as a child, scoring four goals in his three starts for the Red Devils. And while Solskjaer is keen to bolster his attacking options in the upcoming transfer window, it is understood that a permanent deal for Ighalo is not being considered as the club explore other alternatives such as Timo Werner of RB Leipzig and Moussa Dembele of Lyon. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Nigeria international Ighalo arrived at United on loan on the final day of the January transfer window in a deal that would keep him at the club until May 31, when the season would have ordinarily come to an end. The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent postponement of football has seen clubs agree to temporarily extend the deals of out-of-contract players so as to allow them to play out the season. United, however, have been locked in negotiations with Ighalo’s parent club Shanghai Shenhua in a bid to extend his stay so, at the very least, he could see out the campaign upon its resumption on June 17. Chinese Super League outfit Shenhua were keen to bring the striker back to prepare for the re-start of football in China, but a breakthrough in negotiations in the past week has given Ighalo hope of remaining in Manchester. With his current deal set to expire on Sunday, it is understood that there is growing confidence a last-minute deal can be agreed to keep the 30-year-old at United until January. Negotiations are now centred around an extension until the new year, rather than just until the end of the current campaign. Manchester United are continuing negotiations with Shanghai Shenhua over a loan extension for Odion Ighalo, with Goal learning that there is hope a deal can be agreed to keep him at Old Trafford until January 2021.last_img read more

Mourinho makes final Coutinho transfer decision

first_img Spurs had the chance to sign Coutinho last summer, but club chairman Levy refused to pay his wages. Tottenham are famous for their ability to keep top players without paying elite-level wages, with just six players earning more than £100,000-per-week. And Mourinho has apparently decided to call off Spurs’ bid to sign Coutinho for that very reason. However, Former Spurs striker Darren Bent disagrees with Mourinho’s decision, however, and urged the Portuguese boss to pay whatever it takes to get the ex-Liverpool man to London. He told Football Insider that he felt Coutinho would be the ideal man to take last season’s Champions League runners-up to the next level. “You’re talking about a top, top player who knows the Premier League very, very well. It’s not like you’re taking a risk,” he told Football Insider. “Coutinho’s a top player, he’s a superstar signing that Spurs need and even if it’s on loan, that’s the sort of superstar that they need to maybe encourage other superstars to come there. “For me, I’d go all out and pay that £8million, pay that and try and get him. Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has made his final decision regarding Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, and has opted against making a move for the Brazilian. The Sun claims the Spurs boss doesn’t want to sign the flamboyant playmaker because he is worried it will make his other players ask for wage increases, a decision which will be music to the ears of Daniel Levy. Spurs were one of the many teams linked with a move to sign Coutinho. The Brazilian is expected to leave Barcelona this summer after he returns from his loan at Bayern Munich. The Germans decided against taking up the clause to sign him permanently, but Barca are unlikely to keep him around as they set their sights on Lautaro Martinez, Miralem Pjanic and Neymar. Coutinho’s agent has been vocal about the 27-year-old’s desire to return to the Premier League, but it now seems he won’t be joining up with Mourinho at Spurs. The Tottenham chief apparently decided he didn’t want the signing of Coutinho – who earns a reported £240,000-per-week – to lead to an influx of players requesting bumper new contracts. Read Also: Ozil to launch own merchandise brand“£8million for a top player like him for a year? You take that risk because at the end, you never know, at the end of the year it might work out really, really well.“He could transform Spurs into an absolute powerhouse of a team. I wouldn’t even consider it – I’d just do it.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more