FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Tunisia’s Ministry for Energy, Mines and Renewable Energy has received five bids for the 500 MW solar tender it launched in November.Mehdi Majoul, an advisor to the ministry, wrote on his LinkedIn social media account that the bids, submitted by unspecified leading international solar companies, all offered record low energy prices for the Tunisian market, according to the tender’s preliminary results.Majoul added, the lowest bid – DT71.800/kWh ($0.0244) – was for a 200 MW project in the province of Tataouine. Two 50 MW projects, in the provinces of Sidi Bouzid and Tozeur, attracted offers of DT79.300/kWh ($0.027), according to the advisor, and the two remaining 100 MW projects – in the provinces of Gafsa and Kairouan – prompted bids of DT79.900/kWh ($0.0272) and DT84.100/kWh ($0.0286), respectively.“Notably, the tariff tendered by the company Scatec Solar for [the] Tataouine project, namely $0.0244 per kilowatt hour, is the lowest bid ever recorded in Africa and is among the lowest in the world,” wrote Majoul. “The prices proposed under this tender will help bring down the cost of production of electricity nationwide and reduce the bill for energy subsidies in addition to lowering national imports of natural gas by 5%. These projects will start operating from 2021.”The Tunisian government had pre-qualified 16 developers for the tender. Among them were European energy giants Enel, Engie, Total and EDF – the latter in a consortium with UAE-based Masdar and Japan’s Mitsui. Other bidders included Canadian Solar; Spanish developers Acciona and Fotowatio; French concerns GreenYellow, Akuo and Voltalia; Norway’s Scatec; Saudi power company ACWA; and China’s TBEA.More: Lowest bid in Tunisia’s 500 MW solar tender comes in at $0.0244 Scatec Solar submits $24/MWh bid for Tunisia solar project, a record low in Africa
Man completes marathon carrying 30 pounds of garbage on his backAndrew Otazo stumbled across the finish line of the Miami Marathon last weekend roughly 10 hours after he began. There was a reason for his last place finish: Otazo was carrying 30 pounds of garbage on his back. “I wanted to produce a very blunt metaphor where I wanted to take the trash out of the swamp, build it into a bag, put it on my back, and then walk it the length of the marathon so people could see it,” Otazo told Runners World. The idea began after Otazo spent time exploring a nature preserve near his home in Key Biscayne, Florida. The high tide flow of the water there tends to leave garbage tangled in the roots of the mangrove trees. Otazo and his partner began cleaning up parts of the preserve, removing an estimated 6,500 pounds of garbage. The marathon was part of a fundraiser for Miami Waterkeeper. Otazo raised over $4,600, which will help clean beaches and mangrove forests and aid in advocating for the reduction of single-use plastic items. Extreme cold could kill off the emerald ash borerOne positive to the extremely cold temperatures currently gripping much of the country is that the frigid temperatures could kill off many—though not eliminate– the emerald ash borer in some Midwestern states. The ash borer is native to northeastern Asia and feeds on ash trees. Accidentally introduced to the United States in the 1990’s, the beetle has decimated ash trees around the country, killing an estimated 100 million ash trees since it was first discovered in Michigan. By some estimates, the conditions gripping the northern plains this weekend could kill up to 80 percent of the emerald ash borer population before temperatures warm. Scientists warn, however, that the borers that do survive may produce hardier young more resistant to extreme cold.National parks report that damage from the shutdown may linger for yearsNow that the partial government shutdown is over (at least until February 15), the National Park Service (NPS) is faced with the task of assessing the damage from the longest shutdown on record. NPS’s acting director, P. Daniel Smith, warned that some parks might not reopen immediately. The National Mall and Memorial Parks and Yellowstone resumed normal operations over the weekend but in Mount Rainer National Park, officials say it could take days to clear the snow off the roads. The former superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park said that it could take hundreds of years for the park to recover from the damage it sustained during the shutdown. When the park reopened on Monday, employees returned to find graffiti, damaged trees and ruined trails. The former NPS director under President Obama says it could take more than a year to recover from the shutdown, and that one of the largest effects may be a slowdown in hiring thousands of temporary summer employees.
By Voice of America (VOA)/Edited by the Diálogo Staff October 13, 2020 On August 27, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that it will grant $1.17 million to five institutions that will directly benefit Venezuelans in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.The money is part of a partnership between USAID and the Inter-American Development Bank that seeks to identify, finance, and provide innovative solutions to Venezuelans and the communities that receive them throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.The association intends to improve access to food, education, and employment opportunities, in addition to “promoting entrepreneurship, social cohesion, and the economic empowerment of women.”According to a U.S. Department of State press release, the money will go to different institutions that work for the welfare of Venezuelans.In Colombia, the recipient institution will be the International Rescue Committee, which will help reach educational goals in 16 major schools located in the border city of Cúcuta, and it will address issues such as youth violence and xenophobia against migrants.Meanwhile, the designated institution in Brazil and Ecuador is Caritas Brazil, which will launch an online portal in Portuguese and Spanish to provide thousands of Venezuelans with access to a reliable network of legal, logistical, and humanitarian services.In Brazil, the Terroá Institute will also expand its nationally recognized program, and work with young Venezuelans and Brazilians to strengthen social cohesion, employability, and integration in Brasilia, Manaus, and Sao Paulo, through an entrepreneurship skills acquisition program.In Venezuela, two local organizations will work with these funds. One will work with communities to develop innovative sustainable agricultural techniques that will improve food security, as well as stimulate women’s leadership skills and strengthen communities’ self-sufficiency.The other will support entrepreneurship initiatives in the food sector by implementing an entrepreneurial skills program for women.
Legislature eyeing court’s request for more judges March 15, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Legislature eyeing court’s request for more judges Senior EditorFlorida’s budget crunch will be hitting the courts hard, as it appears likely only a small percentage of new judges sought by the Supreme Court will be approved by legislators. But plans to offer student loan repayment incentives to prosecutors and public defenders are moving ahead.The Senate Judiciary Committee on February 26 took up SB 1654, which originally contained the 49 new judges certified as needed by the Supreme Court earlier this year to keep up with rising caseloads and population growth.With little discussion, the bill was amended to include only 10 new judges — seven circuit and three county — for the 2002-03 fiscal year. A similar House measure, HB 1927, funds only two new district court of appeal judges, one each in the Second and Fourth DCAs.The court had asked for 34 new circuit judgeships, 13 new county judge posts, plus the two DCA judgeships in the House bill.Committee Chair Sen. Locke Burt, R-Ormond Beach, said the 10 positions are what were included in the preliminary Senate budget.“These are the 10 places where the court said there is the greatest need,” he added.The bill provides for one new county judge each in Duval, Palm Beach, and Broward counties, and one new circuit judge each in Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, 10th, 11th, 13th, and 20th circuits.The bill next goes to the Appropriations Committee. The action appears to continue the Supreme Court’s recent difficulty in getting new judgeships. In 2000, the court asked for 43 new positions, but due to a legislative oversight, none were approved. Last year, the court asked for 44 new judgeships, but only 26 were authorized.The committee also unanimously passed SB 1138, which sets up a state fund to repay the student loans for assistant state attorneys and assistant public defenders.Sponsor Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, said the typical starting salary for those attorneys is $35,000 — far less that many private sector jobs — and they can have student loan debts of up to $120,000. That has, he added, contributed to a 25-percent turnover rate for public defender and state attorney offices.The bill authorizes the state to repay $3,000 a year of student loans after an assistant public defender or assistant state attorney has been employed in an office for three years. It hikes that to $5,000 after six years and terminates after 12 years, or a maximum repayment of $44,000.At Burt’s suggestion, Campbell agreed to an amendment that would add lawyers working for the three capital collateral regional counsels to the bills. The committee discussed but decided against making another change that would allow lawyers to count cumulative service between various public defender and state attorney offices toward getting the loan repayments. Sen. Jim Sebesta, R-St. Petersburg, said that could defeat the goal of getting stable employment within each office.Similar legislation, HB 307, has cleared two committees in the House and is pending before the Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee.
Cole loved life under Ancelotti (Picture: AFP/Getty)‘I think Scolari, he came at a time when I probably wasn’t playing as well as I knew I could when I first came to Chelsea. Probably Chelsea fans can agree with me that wasn’t the Ashley Cole they knew at Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘So he came and he brought this new lease of life. It was just like playing for Brazil. He said: “Let’s play like Brazil!” Comment Ashley Cole snubs Jose Mourinho as he reveals his favourite Chelsea manager Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 Feb 2019 7:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Ashley Cole’s Chelsea managers MourinhoGrantScolariHiddinkAncelottiVilas-BoasDi MatteoBenitez Cole named his favourite Chelsea bosses (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Ashley Cole revealed his favourite Chelsea managers were Carlo Ancelotti and Luiz Felipe Scolari, despite the latter being sacked after only six months at Stamford Bridge.The Derby County defender played under eight different managers in west London, including recently fired Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.Cole won the Premier League, League Cup, Champions League, Europa League and four FA Cups during a trophy-laden spell with the Blues, however, he believes it was Scolari who produced the best football in his short spell in charge.‘I enjoyed Scolari, Ancelotti,’ he told Sky Sports when asked who his favourite Chelsea manager was. ‘That’s probably my favourite two.ADVERTISEMENT Scolari didn’t last long (Picture: Getty Images)‘And he had me bombing up and down against people like Jamie Carragher and Bosingwa on the other side and yeah we kind of had no rules in terms of we could play, we could go where we want, the left and right-back was going at the same time – it’s kind of unheard of at times.‘We were playing some great football and then by December we kind of petered out a bit and after that he got the sack.‘The best football we’ve ever played in a Chelsea shirt but he got the sack.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsDid Scolari produce the best football at Chelsea?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement Advertisement
The Independent 27 March 2015The director of Christian-owned bakery which refused to make a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slogan has said she knew in her heart she could not complete the order.Karen McArthur was giving evidence during the second day of the high-profile legal action being heard in Belfast’s County Court.Mrs McArthur said: “I knew in my heart that I could not put that message on the cake.”Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission is taking the case against the family run Ashers Bakery on behalf the gay rights activist customer whose order was declined.Gareth Lee, a volunteer member of the LGBT advocacy group Queer Space, claimed he was left feeling like a lesser person when his order, which had been paid in full, was turned down.Ashers, which is run by the McArthur family, declined the request for a cake with an image of Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie below the motto Support Gay Marriage. It had been ordered for a private function marking International Day Against Homophobia last May.“The problem was with the message on the cake because, as a Christian, I do not support gay marriage,” Mrs McArthur said.http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/gay-marriage-cake-case-director-knew-in-her-heart-she-could-not-put-that-message-on-31099421.htmlI’m Backing Christian Bakers, Says Pro-Gay Marriage ColumnistCharisma News 28 March 2015A columnist who is in favor of same-sex marriage has expressed support for the Christian-owned Ashers Baking Company, in order to protect the “vital” principle of freedom of speech.Writing in The Belfast Telegraph, Fionola Meredith said that forcing Ashers to endorse a cause with which it disagrees would do “nothing to advance the cause of equality.”She made the comments ahead of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland’s court case against Ashers, which starts on Thursday.http://www.charismanews.com/world/48921-i-m-backing-christian-bakers-says-pro-gay-marriage-columnist
The competition will start at 7:30p.m. at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand on Muelle Loney Street. ILOILO City – Eighteen elementary andsecondary schools from this city and province of Iloilo are competing intoday’s “Tambor, Trumpa, Martsa, Musika” contest, one of the features of theyearly Dinagyang Festival. In the secondary school category,three out of five contestants are from Iloilo province. Each contingent has a maximum of sevenminutes to perform. Photo courtesy of Ian Paul Cordero/PN Last year, the use of additionalinstruments like trumpet to blend the music was among the innovations. Thirteen schools are seeing action inthe elementary school category and five in the secondary school category. Of the 13 schools in competing in theelementary category, four are from Iloilo province. One of the innovations in this year’scompetition is the use of risers (maximum of one meter in height and width),according to Freddie Gallardo of the Department of Education – Division ofIloilo City who is in-charge of the “Tambor, Trumpa, Martsa, Musika.” “Every year gina-change naton angguidelines para mapanami pa gid,” saidGallardo./PN
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revived calls for a winter break after England boss Roy Hodgson criticised club attitudes towards internationals. Press Association Hodgson has suggested current international breaks are not being treated seriously by some clubs because they use them as an opportunity to rest players. Hodgson’s remarks came after Rio Ferdinand controversially withdrew from the England squad for last month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. Mancini thinks such scenarios might not occur if players were given some time off during the winter. The Italian said: “I think in England you need to have a break in December for the national team because we play a lot of games. The moment that they decide to give players one week off in December it will be good for the teams and national team.” Hodgson is also concerned that City and Chelsea are travelling to the United States after their domestic season ends in May to play two friendlies against each other. Mancini is worried about the workload of his players, many of whom will have to report for international duty on return from America. He said: “It is incredible. These players don’t have the time to recover very well. When we finish the championship, we go for one week in New York and after they come back there are some players that play in the Confederations Cup and qualification for World Cup. I think that is incredible.” Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “International football interferes with the clubs’ ambitions. Friendly games for a start. They have been doing it for the last decade, playing a friendly in the week before the season starts. Tell me the sense of that. “It doesn’t matter what way you look at it. Club managers are always in disagreement with international football, particularly in friendly situations. I have no issues at all about the competitive part. The players should always be available for the European Championship and the World Cup. But you can’t tell me that should apply itself in friendly games.” Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez said: “There are too many games in a season. I will not say international or what kind of games. Too many games, though. Reduce the number of games: simple.” QPR manager Harry Redknapp feels Hodgson does not have much of a case to argue when it comes to clubs resting players. “I don’t know what Roy is saying there,” he said. “International friendlies are quite often meaningless games.” Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has assured Hodgson he will have no problems with him resting players during international breaks. Hodgson said: “We have only got Steven Taylor, so he hasn’t really got to worry about us – and there’s no way I am going to be able to rest him. He would crawl to the England camp if he could.”
NASA made a move toward putting astronauts back on the moon.The space agency successfully tested the launch abort system from the Orion spacecraft this morning at Cape Canaveral.That’s the capsule designed to carry astronauts to orbit around the moon.The unmanned, three-minute test flight did not leave the Earth’s atmosphere. The window for the launch began at 7-11 a.m. Eastern Time.