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Small-Scale Solar May Win Big in Electricity-Short Pakistan

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:In a small tea shop along a dusty, unpaved road in the marketplace of Sujawal, a town about 93 miles east of Karachi in Pakistan, Imam Dino has hit upon a profitable idea. He attracts customers with a 24-inch television playing Bollywood movies through the day and by providing mobile phone charging sockets in a town that otherwise suffers long outages.Power for the TV and charging points comes from a solar-panel system that he rents for 2,500 rupees ($22) a month. It’s been a sound investment. Dino makes as much as 3,000 rupees extra a month because of the attractions. Previously, he spent more to run a gasoline generator.Rural Pakistanis like Dino are increasingly turning to renewable energy to circumvent the country’s notoriously unreliable power supply. Deficient generation and distribution shave an estimated 2 percentage points off Pakistan’s economic growth annually and faults in the national grid are exposed every summer as demand increases. That’s despite a rise in generation by 35 percent to 31,000 megawatts since 2013.As customers like Dino are discovering, off-grid solar may be the answer. With global panel prices plummeting in the past five years, units powering fans and lights are being sold or rented in the nation’s poorest regions for 1,000 rupees to 3,000 rupees a month, according to distributors EcoEnergy and Nizam Energy. About 10,000 solar systems have been installed since 2013 ranging in size from 50 watts to 200 watts, enough to power six light bulbs and two fans.Small-scale solar in Pakistan attracted $540 million in 2017, having received less than $100 million in each of the previous two years, according to a report published last month by the United Nations and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Solar and wind energy contributed 3 percent to Pakistan’s electricity generation, or about 300 megawatts as of March, according to Arif Habib Ltd.Meanwhile, at Nizam Energy’s office in Karachi, Chief Executive Officer Usman Ahmed boasts they aren’t crippled by the city’s shortages. Their headquarters is powered partially by solar panels on the roof, which he says is 30 percent cheaper than electricity from the grid. The off-grid market may double annually over the next three years, he said.More: Rural Pakistanis Take To Solar After Power Cuts Deepen In Karachi Small-Scale Solar May Win Big in Electricity-Short Pakistanlast_img read more

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CUNA urges credit unions to share reg burden for updated study

first_img continue reading » CUNA is seeking credit unions to participate in a relaunch of its regulatory burden study to provide 2017 data on the costs of regulations.CUNA, along with Cornerstone Advisors, first published the study looking at 2014 costs and finding that regulatory burden cost credit unions $7.2 billion that year.“When we reported that regulations cost credit unions $7.2 billion in 2014, we generated a lot of attention here in Washington,” CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote to CUNA members this week. “I’m convinced that this information, combined with the fierce advocacy of credit unions, leagues and CUNA, is a major reason behind the improved prospect for reducing your regulatory burden in the future.”Nussle asked credit unions to consider participating in the study, which will again be conducted with Cornerstone Advisors. CUNA will hold a webinar later this month for credit unions interested in participating. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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XL Axiata sales towers to improve efficiency, reduce costs

first_imgFollowing the sales, Adlan said the company would continue to use the towers by leasing it back from the buyers for 10 years. Such a move would help the company save and increase its efficiency significantly in the long run.By selling the towers, the publicly listed company could also reduce its operational costs and the risks that might come from the towers.“This way, we don’t have to spend money on the towers’ maintenance, land lease, licensing and pay compensation to the communities around them,” he explained, adding that with the sales of the towers, the company could focus on the telecommunication service.Adlan said the company planned to use proceeds from the towers’ sales to support this year’s capital expenditure and working capital. A similar move was also made by publicly listed telecommunication provider Indosat last October, during which it sold 3,100 telecommunication towers for Rp 6.39 trillion to PT Dayamitra Telekomunikasi (Mitratel) and Protelindo.Indosat’s chief executive officer, Ahmad al-Neama, said the sales would allow the company to accelerate the implementation of its strategy and continue to ensure the best experience for its customers.Meanwhile, XL Axiata’s president director Dian Siswarini said the company had allocated Rp 7.5 trillion in capex this year. Around 80 percent of the allocation will be used to expand its telecommunication network, specifically its 4G network, so that 95 percent of the population could be covered by the service.She said the company would focus on expanding to certain cities and regencies, especially outside of Java, that had good business prospects.“The expansion will be carried out to cities and regencies that can give a return on investment in three to four years,” said Dian. The company’s group head of technology strategy and architecture, I Gede Darmayusa, said it would also expand its fiber optic network in the country’s main cities to increase mobile data capacity.This year, the company planned to expand its fiber optic network to 100 cities both in Java and outside of the island, he said. The expansion would increase its fiber optic network coverage to 70 percent, covering 300 cities. “This will help us encourage digital connectivity among our customers,” he said.Dian also said the company planned to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to personalize mobile data packages. The strategy was expected improve service and increase  sales.“Hopefully with such a strategy , our financial performance will be better than the overall industry,” sheThe company booked a 15 percent year-on-year (yoy) increase in revenue to Rp 25.15 trillion in 2019 and a 17 percent yoy increase in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization to Rp 9.97 trillion. After months of negotiations,  telecommunication firm XL Axiata has agreed to sell its 2,782 telecommunication towers to two local companies and plans to use the proceeds to expand its 4G coverage, as well as to improve its mobile data network quality.XL Axiata finance director M. Adlan bin Ahmad Tajudin said in Jakarta on Wednesday that 1,728 towers had been sold to PT Profesional Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Protelindo) and 1,054 towers to PT Centratama Telekomunikasi Indonesia.The agreement on the sale of the towers was signed in Jakarta on Feb. 7.  “We will raise Rp 4.05 trillion (US$ 296.55 million) from the sales and expect to close the deal by the end of the first quarter,” he said during a press briefing event in Jakarta.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Heavy Rains Pose Flooding Threat Through Evening and Overnight Hours

first_imgHeavy Rains Pose Flooding Threat Through Evening and Overnight Hours Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – As slow-moving storms with heavy rains pose a threat for flash flooding during the evening commute and overnight hours, Governor Tom Wolf is asking Pennsylvanians to remain alert and stay informed. The threat will be especially significant in areas that have already received considerable rainfall and experienced flooding earlier today. Damaging wind and large hail are also a threat this evening.“Numerous water rescues in multiple counties have already been reported to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency,” said Gov. Wolf. “We need everyone to be careful, because flash flooding can occur quickly and can be very difficult to see at night.”Areas of greatest concern, as identified by the National Weather Service, include the Interstate 79 corridor south of Interstate 376, and counties east of Interstate 81 and south of Interstate 78.PEMA has increased staffing at the 24-hour Commonwealth Watch and Warning Center. All swiftwater rescue teams in the state have been put on notice to be ready for deployment. In addition, one team from the PA Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (PA-HART) has been placed on ready status in Johnstown. The aircraft are capable of performing hoist rescue operations or moving swiftwater rescue teams to inaccessible areas if needed to support county rescue operations.“PEMA personnel have been in touch with county emergency management officials in the counties where we have already seen or we expect to see flooding,” said PEMA Director Randy Padfield. “So far, we have received no requests for assistance or been advised of unmet needs but we have notified our state agency partners to be ready if their help is requested.”Padfield said the following steps are a good start in getting ready for possible flooding:Never walk or drive through flood water;learn the difference between a weather watch and weather warning, since each requires different steps to stay safe:A flood watch means that flooding may occur. Residents should stay alert, closely monitor rivers and streams, and be prepared to move to high ground quickly.A flood warning means that there is actual flooding. Residents should act at once and move to higher ground. July 11, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter get a NOAA weather radio so you’re notified about severe weather and can take appropriate safety steps;sign up to get weather alerts on your cell phone from a trusted source and take the alerts seriously;determine how you would leave your neighborhood if you needed to evacuate your home; andidentify where you would meet up with your family (both in your town and an out-of-town location) in the event you were separated when the flooding started.More information about how to prepare for an emergency, including specific information for people with specialized needs such as pets or access and functional needs, is available on the ReadyPA webpage.PennDOT warns motorists not to drive across roads covered with water because even shallow, swiftly flowing water can wash a car from a roadway. Also, the roadbed may not be intact under the water. And never drive around barricades or signs on closed roads – Turn Around, Don’t Drown.Fines for going around a barricade are $250; if emergency responders need to perform a water rescue or have a vehicle towed, the fine increases to $500 plus two points on the driver’s license.Anyone traveling should closely monitor weather conditions along travel routes.Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 950 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Announces Juvenile Justice Task Force Members

first_img January 17, 2020 Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the members of the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Task Force. The bipartisan and interbranch Task Force, launched last month by Gov. Wolf and legislative leaders and justices, will deliver a report with data-driven findings and policy recommendations to strengthen Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system to leaders by Nov. 30.“The members of the Task Force were selected for their expertise in various areas surrounding the juvenile justice system, including youth members who bring a unique perspective and experience to this important topic,” Gov. Wolf said.The Task Force is co-chaired by Sen. Lisa Baker, Sen. Jay Costa, Rep. Tarah Toohill, and Rep. Mike Zabel.Members include:Appointed by Governor Wolf:James Anderson, Former Executive Director (retired), Juvenile Court Judges’ CommissionAndrew Barnes, Executive Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning, Office of Governor Tom WolfKevin Bethel, Special Adviser for School Safety, School District of PhiladelphiaMegan Black, Assistant District Attorney, Allegheny CountyQuimon Broady, Youth MemberRussell Carlino, Chief Probation Officer, Juvenile Probation Department, Allegheny CountyDominick DiSalvo, Senior Director of Clinical Services, KidsPeaceCynthia Figueroa, Deputy Mayor, Office of Children and Families, City of PhiladelphiaSteven Guccini, Commissioner, Pike CountyHelen Gym, Councilwoman At-Large, Philadelphia City CouncilDan Jurman, Executive Director, Office of Advocacy and ReformHaundray Muir, Youth MemberMichael Pennington, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and DelinquencyTara Piechowicz, Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning, Office of Governor Tom WolfJonathan Rubin, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth, and FamiliesTiffany Sizemore, Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education, Duquesne University School of LawRichard Steele, Executive Director, Juvenile Court Judges’ CommissionMatthew Stem, Deputy Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Pennsylvania Department of EducationScott Talley, Acting Director, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health ServicesJoseph Werner, School Social Worker, Pennridge School DistrictAppointed by the Legislature:Sen. Lisa Baker, Senate District 20Sen. Scott Martin, Senate District 13Sen. Jay Costa, Senate District 43Sen. Anthony H Williams, Senate District 8Rep. Karen Boback, House District 117Rep. Tara Toohil, House District 116Rep. Kristine Howard, House District 167Rep. Mike Zabel, House District 163Appointed by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts:Judge Douglas Reichley, Lehigh County Court of Common PleasJudge Kim Berkeley Clark, 5th Judicial DistrictOver the next year, the group will assess the state’s system and review data from court and state agencies, gather input from diverse stakeholders, and examine how current practices can better align with research about what works best to improve youth outcomes.“This task force is the next important step toward protecting vulnerable young Pennsylvanians and I look forward to its thorough review of our juvenile justice system with the goal of making lasting change that ensures every young Pennsylvanian is getting the support needed to grow into a successful adult,” said Gov. Wolf. Gov. Wolf Announces Juvenile Justice Task Force Memberscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Volunteer firefighter killed in tragic accident

first_imgCannelburg, In. — A southern Indiana volunteer firefighter was killed while responding to a crash Friday night.Just before 10 p.m. three first responders were arriving at the scene of a crash on U.S. 50 in Daviess County just west of County Road 800 East. A fourth responder, Colby Blake, 26, of Cannelburg, struck a vehicle of another firefighter. Blake’s vehicle continued on and struck the vehicle of firefighter Kendall Murphy. Murphy was standing outside the vehicle and was struck.Murphy suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.The investigation determined firefighter Colby Blake was responding to the scene with a BAC of .21 percent. Blake has been charged with reckless driving and driving while intoxicated causing death, a felony.last_img

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Senate Committee holds meeting over revenue sharing headache

first_imgA 12-member mediation Senate Committee tasked with resolving the third basis formula allocation to counties is today holding a meeting as efforts to resolve the stalemate intensifies. The committee co-chaired by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and his Bungoma counterpart Moses Wetangula is exploring ways of ending the stalemate that has rocked The house for over two months.Other members of the committee include; Mohamud Mohamed (Mandera), Stewart Madzayo (Kilifi), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) and Anwar Loitiptip (Lamu) Mutula Kilonzo Jnr (Makueni), Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Samson Cherargey (Nandi), Moses Kajwang (Homa Bay), John Kinyua (Laikipia) and Ledama Olekina (Narok).Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocols The Committee has already received a report by the Parliamentary Budget Office on proposals by the Commission of Revenue Allocation and the Finance Committee Amendments.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 The Committee will also review amendments by individual Senators during the debate and come up with a report which will be tabled in the house.Also Read  President Kenyatta hails peace progress in S.SudanLast week, The Senate adjourned the debate on revenue allocation for a record tenth time to allow the special committee formed by opposing sides to reach consensus.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauThe government is pushing to have the formula in place to guide the disbursement of budgetary allocation to counties.Some senators are however accusing the government of trying to deprive some counties of cash by drastically reducing their share of the Ksh 316.5 billion shillings.last_img read more

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Guyana NRA gearing up for WIFBSC Championships here next week

first_imgALL systems are in place and ready for Guyana’s hosting of the West Indies Full Bore Shooting Council (WIFBSC) championships and Guyana National Rifle Association (NRA) 150th Anniversary shoot.During a press briefing yesterday, Full-bore captain Mahendra Persaud confirmed that despite the organisation’s major shortfall of funding, $14M to be precise, they are still going ahead with the event which begins on Monday.Normally, there are three days of individual shooting where the Caribbean Champion will be named following the grand aggregate.This is usually followed by two days of team shooting at both the short (300, 500 and 600 yards) and long (900 and 1000 yard) ranges to determine both long and short range country champions.But what the Guyana NRA is doing, as part of its 150th year in action is mirroring the Queens shoot that takes place in Bisley, England, which takes a fraction of the top shooters and eliminates until there is a core group that shoots for the title.Persaud said, “After the end of the grand aggregate for the three days, we are going to be taking the top sixty shooters who will then shoot together in one detail at 300, 500 and 600 yards,” Persaud said.He continued, “After lunch on that day, they will take the top 30 shooters who will move onto the 900- and 1000-yard ranges where the winner will be crowned the 150th Anniversary champion.The Friday will be used for the WIFBSC meeting and as relaxation while Saturday will be the Milex/Crown Mining long range trophy and Sunday will be WIFBSC short range trophy.The local long range trophy has been sponsored by Queensway and the Short range by International Safety Supplies Limited.The event will be opened on Monday by President David Granger with competitors coming from Antigua, Bermuda, Trinidad, and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, the Falkland Islands, the United States, Britain, Ireland and Scotland.last_img read more

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Badgers ready to clash with Crusaders

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin women’s softball team will make its first ever trip to Valparaiso, Ind., today for a game against Valparaiso University. The game will be the first meeting between the two schools. “We try to get out and play some different teams around the Midwest during the regular season,” Wisconsin head coach Karen Gallagher said. “We’ve never played Valpo before, so I think that it’s good to get out and play some different competition. I also think it is a good opportunity for us to get a win and a good way to work on things and play other players as well.”The Badgers will have a golden opportunity to break their six-game losing skid, a streak that extends back to April 3, when Wisconsin beat Penn State in the first game of a double-header. Wisconsin has lost four of those six games by a single run.Valparaiso (3-27, 3-9 Mid-Continent) has had a tough season, losing its first 22 games of the season before besting Western Illinois April 2. The Crusaders have since gone on something of a roll, winning two of their last three games, all last weekend against the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and were able to climb to fifth in the Mid-Continent Conference standings.“It would be really good for us to win a game and get some momentum going,” sophomore pitcher Eden Brock said. “It’s easier to work on things in these [non-conference] games because they aren’t Big Ten games, which are more important, but these games still are important.”Valparaiso has been below average in all three phases of the game this season. The Crusader offense has not been potent in its first 30 games, failing to score a run 14 times and scoring only 47 runs for the season, an average of 1.57 a game, while hitting just .185 as a team.The Crusaders have not had much more success on the mound, posting a team ERA of 5.09 and having walked as many batters as they struck out. Brittany Atteberry is the top Crusader pitcher with a 2-5 record and an ERA of 3.56. Atteberry splits time with Chris Halstead, who is 1-14 with a 4.99 ERA and has surrendered 18 home runs.The Crusaders’ 48 errors on the year also don’t speak well for the defense, which ranks toward the bottom of the conference.Wisconsin will need to avoid overlooking a struggling Valparaiso club with a pair of home games against Big Ten opponent Michigan State this weekend. The Badgers believe they have a lot of work to do to get their own ship righted, and they see this game as an opportunity to improve.“I think the bottom line is that we have to keep our mind-set the same as if we play any other game,” Gallagher said. “Whether we are playing [No. 1 Michigan] or Valpo or Michigan State, a game is a game, and we have to approach it the same way. I don’t know much about the team, but maybe that is good because we can just go in there and compete and hopefully get out of there with a win.”Gallagher also hopes to see her team take control early and be able to hold the lead and play aggressively throughout the game, something Wisconsin has struggled to do consistently this season. “When you play a less competitive team, you have a tendency to play down to their level, and we need to learn to play at our level all the time,” Gallagher said. “I’m hoping to see us approach the game in a very aggressive manner, really come in and play Wisconsin, Big Ten softball.”last_img read more

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Men’s water polo to begin quest for a national title

first_imgThe No. 2 men’s water polo team is looking to start the season with a splash following a disappointing loss to UCLA in the NCAA championship game last year.The Trojans have high expectations entering the season, looking to build on its unbelievable streak of 10 consecutive NCAA title match appearances.  In that time, the Trojans have been able to capture seven victories.“We had a big streak going with the six wins in a row. That’s never been done before — that’s unbelievable,” junior driver Nick Bell said. “But that day we lost that championship and I could see it in everyone’s faces that we never want to see that happen again, so that’s definitely fueling us.”The Trojans saw remarkable success last year after having their season get written off as a rebuilding year for a team stacked with freshmen. This year, the Trojans return nine true sophomores in a core unit that has gained valuable experience from last year’s championship run.The team has only one player with three full years of experience: redshirt senior Mac Carden. Carden has 42 career goals as a two-meter player with 16 coming last season. He scored in 12 separate games, with four multiple goal outings.As a three-time NCAA champion, Carden understands what the team needs to do if it hopes to regain its title.“We pushed throughout all summer, and we’ve never wanted it more. We’re hungrier than ever right now, and that’s what keeps pushing us forward,” Carden said.  “Especially with the loss we had last year in the finals, nothing really changed.”Carden will serve as one of three Trojan captains alongside sophomore All-Americans Mihajlo Milicevic and James Walters.  Though the sophomores are captains, there are certain leadership qualities that come with experience.“Being the older guys we definitely have to take a leadership position,” Bell said of himself and the other upperclassmen. “Especially with this team, we have a lot of guys coming out of their freshman years so they only have one year of varsity experience.”Bell has 43 career goals to his name, scoring over half of them last season.  Bell earned All-American Honorable Mention honors as well as a place on the NCAA All-Tournament Second Team.Another All-American to keep an eye on this season is sophomore goalie McQuin Baron. Baron earned  All-American Second Team honors last season in a year in which he set a new record for saves in one season with 288. Baron was also a member of Team USA over the summer and helped the Americans secure their place in the 2016 Olympic Games.Even though summer is the offseason, the team did a lot of work in preparation for the upcoming season.“To get ready for season we did a lot of training, a lot of swimming,” Bell said.  “We had a lot of scrimmage games because we have a younger, less experienced unit, so we had scrimmages against Pepperdine, Long Beach, teams like that to get guys more game time.”Carden used the words “excited,” “anxious” and “pumped” to describe the team’s mindset as it gets ready to kick off its season.This weekend, the team will travel to La Jolla to participate in the Triton Invitational hosted by UC San Diego.There, they will play official games against Cal Baptist and Concordia University, while taking on MPSF foes Pepperdine and UC Irvine in exhibition matches.Though the Trojans have traditionally dominated these teams, players insist the success is not getting to their heads.“There’s no reason that because we’ve beaten them that we should let up,” Bell said. “We should always take every game seriously like it’s the NCAA championship.”The Trojans will put their championship attitude to the test as they splash into the season.last_img read more

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