Chad looking to build 200MW solar project near capital of N’djamena

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Representatives of Argentina-based Alcaal Group visited Chad at the beginning of August to discuss the prospects for investing in the country’s agribusiness and renewable energies, Idriss Déby, the Central African country’s president, announced on social media networks.Two days later, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the minister of finance and budget, the minister of energy and the company. The agreement concerns feasibility studies for the construction, operation and maintenance of a photovoltaic power plant with a capacity of up to 200 MW with storage on the outskirts of N’djamena, the capital of Chad.In early July, the United Nations Development Program launched the “Sun Health” project in the country, which suffers from a lack of a reliable source of energy – only 6.4% of the Chadian population has access to reliable electricity. Funded to the tune of more than $3 million, the initiative aims to install solar panels in 150 health centers in the country.Chad had an installed solar capacity of 1 MW at the end of 2019, according to figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The US Agency for International Development estimates the landlocked country has only 125 MW of total power generation capacity, the bulk of which is diesel and heavy fuel oil which mainly serves N’Djamena.[Catherine Rollet]More: Chad considers construction of 200 MW solar-plus-storage plant Chad looking to build 200MW solar project near capital of N’djamenalast_img read more

Podolski to consider options

first_imgArsenal forward Lukas Podolski says he will consider his options in the winter if he does not get more playing time at Arsenal. “Of course I’m not happy when I’m not playing,” Podolski said at a press conference in Berlin, where he is preparing with Germany for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar on Friday night and friendly in Spain next Tuesday. “I want to be playing and enjoying my football. We’ll have to see what happens this winter. “I’m going to seek talks with my club then, but there’s no pressure.” The 29-year-old, who has only played one 90 minute game for his club this season – in the League Cup – despite still being a relatively key member of the Germany squad, has several admirers around Europe, although a return to the Bundesliga does not seem likely. The Germany international has yet to start a game for the Gunners in the Premier League this season, making just four substitute appearances. His only goal of the season came in the Champions League win over Anderlecht, where he was also only a substitute, playing the final six minutes in Brussels. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Parkland Parents to FL Senators: ‘Do Not Reinstate Former Sheriff Scott Israel’

first_imgFlorida Senators are gearing up to decide whether former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel should be reinstated.Gov. Ron DeSantis ousted Israel citing incompetence in the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and the 2017 Fort Lauderdale Airport shootings.However, a Florida Senate special master recently recommended Israel be reinstated after ruling that the Republican governor’s legal team failed to prove Israel’s suspension was warranted.The Florida Senate is set to decide whether to reinstate Israel in a special session in October.But not without a fight from Parkland parents who are vocal about not wanting Israel to become Sheriff of Broward County ever again.According to the Sun-Sentinel, the families of victims of the 2018 Valentine’s Day mass shooting at the Parkland High School are already in the process of contacting senators to ensure Israel stays out of office.“We want to make sure that the senators have a complete picture of the failures that preceded the tragedy that took the lives of our loved ones, the inadequate response, and leadership of Scott Israel, and, after the tragedy, the continued failures,” Ryan Petty, whose 14-year-old daughter Alaina was among the 17 people slain at the Parkland school, told The News Service of Florida on Thursday.”Another Parkland parent, Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter Jaime in the High School shooting, also vocalized his concerns about Israel’s reinstatement.“To bring Sheriff Israel back is a threat to the safety of the citizens of Broward County,” Guttenberg said.Guttenberg, a Democrat, acknowledged that he did not vote for DeSantis, but that they are aligned when it comes to Scott Israel.“This governor and I, we’re not what you would consider two people typically aligned,” Guttenberg said. “However, I will walk the halls of the Senate with him to show, on this, you have absolute bipartisan agreement.”Related content:FL Senate Special Master Recommends Reinstatement of ex-Broward Sheriff Scott Israellast_img read more

Ellsworth boys’ soccer starts season with wins

first_imgELLSWORTH — After ending last season with four straight losses, the Ellsworth boys’ soccer team is back to its winning ways — at least for now.Ellsworth began its 2017 Saturday when it faced Foxcroft at home, and Zach Harris scored the first goal for the Eagles just past the half-hour mark. The Ponies evened the score two minutes later, but a second goal from Jack Lee shortly after halftime gave the Eagles the win.Against Belfast (0-2) on Tuesday, Ellsworth put its offensive firepower on display in a 6-1 win. Brad Smith had two goals for the Eagles in the victory.Ellsworth (2-0) plays its next game at home against Mount View (0-2) at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. The team’s following game will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, against George Stevens Academy (1-0).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Other Sports Gurjit Singh Scores Last Minute Goal, India Women Beat England 2-1 In Hockey

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Marlow: Gurjit Kaur’s last minute effort saw Indian women beat Great Britain 2-1 in a thrilling opening encounter of the five-match series. It was a brilliant come-from-behind victory for India after trailing 0-1 as goals from Sharmila Devi and Gurjit sealed the issue for the visiting side. In the first quarter, neither team managed to break the deadlock, despite sporadic attacks from both teams. In the second quarter, India took control of the game and won a couple of penalty corners in the first few minutes forcing smart saves from custodian Maddie Hinch.   Soon enough, it was Great Britain’s turn but in India’s goalkeeper Savita Punia pulled off a smart save to deny the home team as it was goalless at half-time. Great Britain broke through first in the final quarter, with Emily Defrond scoring in the 46th minute to give her team the much-needed lead. Despite trailing, India mounted pressure and soon reaped the dividends with Sharmila restoring parity.  The match looked like ending in a draw but with 48 seconds left, India won a short corner and Gurjit successfully converted it.  The second match of the series will be played on Sunday.Also Read | Rani Rampal Appointed India Hockey Women’s Team Captain For England SeriesRani Rampal, the skipper has goalkeepeer Savita as her deputy. Savita and Rajani Etimarpu retained their places in the side following the team’s triumph in the Olympic Test Event in Japan recently. Defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar and Salima Tete have also been named in the squad.  The midfield sees the return of the experienced Namita Toppo after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury, Hockey India said in a statement. India’s midfield will also consist of other experienced players in Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Neha Goyal and Lilima Minz.Also Read | India women’s hockey team hold Australia to 2-2 draw in Tokyo Olympic Test EventThe forward-line features Rani, Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur and youngster Sharmila Devi who made her international debut during the Olympic Test Event in Tokyo.  “The balance and mixture of players in our team remains the same from previous tournaments as go into an important phase in our objective of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics 2020,” Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne said about the team selected for the event.  “It is good to have Namita Toppo back in the squad for the first time since Asian Games 2018…We still have ten days of training before we leave for the matches in England. “I am sure these matches will serve as good preparation for our vital FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in Odisha against USA in November 2019,” he added. The Dutchman also said the tour will help in preparing the team to face USA in the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in Odisha. last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri happy with Hudson-Odoi for Spurs defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri happy with Hudson-Odoi for Spurs defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased with the performance of Callum Hudson-Odoi for last night’s Carabao Cup semifinal first-leg defeat to Tottenham.Sarri gave the winger a start amid transfer talk linking him with Bayern Munich.The manager said, “Hudson-Odoi in the last week has been very normal.”I saw him every day in training and he was really very normal. He is improving, in the last match he played very well and also today a very good match. He played like a player of 25, 26 years. A very good match with application, very good in the defensive phase, but he has been completely normal. Maybe he does not read anything.” last_img read more

In only 4 days Taylor Swift sells the most albums of 2017

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – In just four days, Taylor Swift’s new album has sold more traditional albums than any other release this year.Billboard reports the album, “reputation,” sold 1.05 million copies in the first four days after its Nov. 10 release.Before Swift released her album, Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” was the year’s bestselling album, with 919,000 units sold. Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn” has sold 842,000 units.Since Billboard changed how it views albums sales — incorporating single track sales (10 song sales = 1 album sale) and streaming (1,500 streams = 1 album sale) — Sheeran’s album has sold 2.3 million units overall. Lamar’s has moved 2.5 million units.Swift’s “reputation” is not available on streaming services, pushing fans to buy it or wait until it appears on Spotify or Apple Music. It’s Swift’s fourth album to sell more than 1 million units in its first week of release.Swift became the first artist to have three albums sell more than 1 million copies in their first week when “1989” reached the feat in 2014. Her albums “Speak Now” and “Red” also sold more than 1 million units in their debut weeks.last_img read more

Shaw Communications execs say growth plans unaffected by Corus dividend cut

first_imgTORONTO – Shaw Communications Inc. reported a third-quarter loss Thursday, after booking a nearly $300-million impairment charge related to its stake in Corus Entertainment Inc., but its senior executives said Shaw’s growth plans and dividends won’t be affected by troubles at Corus.The Calgary-based cable, internet and wireless company, which owns about 38 per cent of Corus equity, said it hasn’t depended on the $90 million a year in dividends it had been receiving from the Toronto-based media company.Corus announced Wednesday that it will reduce its dividends by about 80 per cent for the 2019 financial year starting Sept. 1, and divert the savings to debt reduction.The company also said it was writing down the value of its television assets by $1 billion amid uncertain future earnings due to intense competition for advertising dollars and viewers.The announcements pushed down the Corus share price by about 27 per cent over two days, setting record lows on Wednesday and Thursday. The stock closed at $4.63 on Thursday, down 10 per cent from the previous close.The decline in Shaw stock was less dramatic but the shares were down 98 cents, or about 3.5 per cent, at $26.76 at the close on Thursday — about the mid point of its 52-week price range — after the company announced weaker-than-expected earnings that included a $284-million impairment charge on the Corus assets.Shaw executives declined to comment Thursday on news reports that they may be considering the sale of Corus shares but said the reduction in dividends from Corus won’t affect their communications business.Cash from the sale of Shaw Media to Corus largely funded its purchase of Wind Mobile, now called Freedom Mobile, which is a key component of the company’s strategic growth and investment plans.The Freedom Mobile wireless division added 54,000 postpaid subscribers — ahead of analyst estimates — and ended the quarter with a total of 1.32 million pre-paid and post-paid wireless subscribers as of May 31.Chief executive Brad Shaw said the company is moving ahead with investments in fifth-generation wireless technology — an industry trend that’s expected to enable faster wireless networks capable of powering emerging technologies such as self-driving cars.Shaw said the company looks forward to participating in the consultation process set up by the federal government, which is preparing to auction wireless spectrum for 5G networks in coming years, and said the company has been taking steps to ensure its networks will be ready.“In May, we completed some initial 5G technical trials, and it’s clear that this new technology will transform the industry through faster wireless speeds that will enable future technologies. Both wireline infrastructure and spectrum allocation will play a critical role in 5G deployment.”The company generated $1.3 billion of revenue in the quarter ended May 31, up from $1.22 billion a year earlier, with the growth coming from its wireless, residential internet and business wireline products and services.Shaw’s wireless revenue for the quarter was $237 million, up 54 per cent from a year earlier, due to a combination of equipment sales and service revenue.Revenue from Shaw’s business wireline unit increased six per cent to $141 million.But Shaw’s consumer wireline business — which includes Western Canada’s biggest cable TV network — was down slightly at $923 million, as declines in video and phone services offset a gain in internet.Shaw executives said they weren’t satisfied with wireline sales performance, attributing some softness to price competition from its major rival, which is Telus Corp., and some to seasonal weakness.“Even after considering these factors, we’re not pleased with the overall execution within our wireline business,” Brad Shaw said.Shaw reported a loss of $91 million, or 18 cents per share, for the third quarter ended May 31. That contrasted with a year-earlier profit of $133 million or 27 cents per share and analysts’ expectations for net income of 36 cents per share, according the Thomson Reuters Eikon.Shaw Communications acquired nearly 71.4 million Corus non-voting shares, representing 37 per cent of the Toronto company’s equity, when it sold Shaw Media, but the number had grown to 80.6 million shares or 38 per cent of the total as of May 31 as a result of investing dividends in additional Corus stock.The founding Shaw family controls both companies through class A voting shares but Corus had been completely separate from Shaw Communications from late 1999 until early 2016, when the Shaw Media deal closed.Companies in this story: (TSX:SJR.B, TSX:CJR.B, TSX:T)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version suggested Shaw would take part in a federal auction of 5G spectrum rather than that it would participate in consultations about the auction.last_img read more

Kwispaa LNG files submission with provincial and federal environmental regulators

first_imgThe filing of the Project Description with the EAO and CEAA will allow those regulators to establish the scope of the environmental assessment of the project. Extensive First Nations and community engagement by Kwispaa LNG has already identified areas of particular interest, such as marine shipping, which will be a focus of environmental studies.Throughout the environmental assessment process, there will be multiple opportunities for public participation and input. The Kwispaa LNG team will also continue to engage with First Nations, communities, and stakeholders regarding the project, and welcomes feedback and comments.“We are incredibly proud of the special co-management relationship that we have formed for Kwispaa LNG,” said Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. “We look forward to continuing to work together with Steelhead throughout the environmental assessment process to ensure that this project achieves world-leading outcomes for the environment and our people for generations to come.”“We at Huu-ay-aht believe Kwispaa LNG represents a new model for economic success on significant projects in Canada,” said Huu-ay-aht Councillor and Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Chairperson John Jack. “This project will create meaningful revenues, jobs, and business opportunities for Huu-ay-aht Citizens and our neighbouring communities, as well as generate ongoing tax revenue at a local, provincial, and federal level.” VANCOUVER, B.C. – The partnership looking to build a floating LNG export terminal on the west coast of Vancovuer Island has entered the next phase of the project’s development.Kwispaa LNG, which is being developed through a co-management relationship between the Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Steelhead LNG, announced today that it has made a submission of the Project Description to the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The Project Description provides a comprehensive overview of Kwispaa LNG and represents the culmination of several years of engagement and planning, the results of which have been integrated into ongoing environmental studies and engineering work.“From the beginning, we have believed in developing LNG projects in Canada that emphasize relationships with First Nations and respect their role as stewards of the environment,” said Steelhead LNG CEO Nigel Kuzemko. “The Project Description that we have submitted to regulators reflects our shared commitment with Huu-ay-aht First Nations to provide Canadian natural gas to global markets in a way that generates long-lasting benefits to First Nations, local communities, British Columbia, and Canada.”last_img read more

Pak SC to hear Nawazs appeal for bail on medical grounds

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s Supreme Court was Tuesday set to hear an appeal by country’s jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif seeking bail on medical grounds. Sharif, 69, is serving a seven-year imprisonment in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 2018. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo has suffered four angina attacks last week, according to his daughter Maryam Nawaz . The Sharif family is complaining that the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan is not providing health facilities to the former premier who has serious health complications. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Sharif filed an appeal on March 6 against a judgment by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) which on February 25 rejected his bail application on medical grounds in the Al-Azizia steel mills case. Several senior leaders of PML-N were also expected to be in the court on the occasion. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Yahya Afridi will take up the petition. The former premier had twice submitted requests to the apex court for an early hearing of his application. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls In January, he filed application in the IHC for bail on medical reasons as he developed heart-related medical complications in jail but it was dismissed. Three corruption cases – Avenfield properties, Flagship investment and Al-Azizia steel mills – were registered against the Sharif family by the anti-graft body in 2017 following a judgment by the Supreme Court that disqualified Sharif in the Panama Papers case in 2017. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the Avenfiled corruption case in July 2018 which was related to his properties in London. Later he was given bail in September. In December, the accountability court convicted him in the Al-Azizia graft case but acquitted him in the Flagship corruption case.last_img read more