India adds record 1,538MW of rooftop solar in 12 months through September

first_imgIndia adds record 1,538MW of rooftop solar in 12 months through September FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:India added a record 1,538MW of rooftop solar capacity in the 12-month period up to September 2018, which is a huge year-on-year rise of 75%, according to consultancy firm Bridge to India’s latest report.The ‘India Solar Rooftop Map’ revealed that cumulative installations reached 3,399MW by the end of September this year, and are projected to reach 15.3GW by March 2022. This is well short of the original 40GW target, but a strong rise from previous, more pessimistic predictions from analysts in recent years.As usual, the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector dominated the year with a 70% share of the market, with residential at just 9%.The top five states account for 54% of the market: Maharashtra – 473MW; Tamil Nadu – 312MW; Karnataka – 272MW; Rajasthan – 270MW; and Uttar Pradesh – 223MW.Bridge to India said the market is very crowded with companies with a frequent churn in leading player rankings. In the OPEX segment, Cleantech, CleanMax and ReNew came out on top with a 45% share between them. Meanwhile, in the Capex segment, the top ten players only have an 18% share between them, led by Tata Power, Mahindra and Sunsure.Vinay Rustagi, managing director of Bridge to India, said: “75% market growth in a year plagued by safeguard duty and GST uncertainty is absolutely fantastic. Ongoing fall in module prices should continue to drive growth in the next few years. Rooftop solar has huge growth potential and should be given more policy support particularly when utility-scale solar is increasingly facing acute land and transmission connectivity challenges. Proactive government intervention can help in boosting growth and realising full potential of this compelling energy source.”More: India adds record 1.5GW of rooftop solar capacity in 12 monthslast_img read more

Peru, US Participate in Combined Maritime Exercise Waves of Solidarity

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo December 24, 2018 The Peruvian Navy and the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps displayed their capabilities through the combined, rapid-response, cross-sectional exercise Waves of Solidarity. The two navies, with long-standing coordination, put to the test their response capabilities for disaster and humanitarian assistance in a simulated magnitude 8.5 earthquake and tsunami in Chorrillos Bay, Lima, Peru, November 24, 2018. The objective of the exercise was to increase training and coordinate the work of Peruvian institutions that conduct first response in humanitarian assistance and natural disaster operations. The training created a joint and combined environment to share tactics, techniques, and doctrinal procedures between both countries in case of a natural disaster in the Andean country or in the region. “Collaboration means strengthening mutual trust by learning both navies and marines’ strengths and weaknesses,” Peruvian Navy Vice Admiral James Guido Thornberry Schiantarelli, commander of Pacific Operations, told Diálogo. “Through these exercises, we revise and update procedures and doctrine to give fluency to the tasks and achieve mission success.” Deploying, securing, executing, withdrawing During the operational deployment, an amphibious task force landed in the affected region to perform security, search and rescue, and humanitarian assistance supply operations. The multi-purpose U.S. Navy ship USS Somerset (LPD-25) and the Peruvian Navy’s BAP Pisco led the move. The Peruvian National Institute of Civil Defense led the operations with the participation of special forces, rescue brigades, police, firefighters, and Ministry of Health volunteers. Missile frigates, helicopters, boats, landing craft, and amphibious vehicles of both countries also took part. The exercise consisted of four phases. First, participants deployed to secure the area. Then, humanitarian assistance was carried out in two waves of help. During the first wave, a security force was established due to the emergency, while in the second, participants purified water, and carried out search and rescue, debris removal simulation, and medical evacuations, all while assisting the people affected. The exercise ended with the fourth phase, which consisted of participants’ withdrawal. The beach area that served as a backdrop for the activities was under renovation, with some structures in the process of being demolished, which enabled the setup of an appropriate stage for service members to conduct the mission. Its location within the coastal area of Lima made it possible to gather a large crowd, thus raising awareness about prevention among citizens. “The key point of Waves of Solidarity was the capability to operate as a single, combined, and interinstitutional first-response force. The great challenge was to coordinate all participants, resources, and different languages,” Vice Adm. Thornberry said. Before the exercise, officials carried out planning, coordination, and rehearsal meetings. Every action and function to be assigned individually and collectively was exposed to adapt and integrate participants’ sea, air, and land force capabilities. “It’s important to state that the Peruvian Navy already participated in different multinational exercises. That enabled service members to learn doctrine, tactics, and procedures supporting the operations of a multinational humanitarian task force,” Vice Adm. Thornberry said. “Waves of Solidarity is a step forward to work together and achieve common cooperation goals between both nations.” Command and control capabilities Peru and the United States are familiar with the severe consequences of natural disasters. “Our navies have the experience to provide first response and/or a complementary response with their own resources,” Peruvian Navy Rear Admiral Luis José Polar Figari, commander of the Surface Force, told Diálogo. “We can say that, after the exercise, command and control capabilities are good. They can be improved, but it’s clear that capabilities are adequate.” According to the officer, the experiences of the Peruvian and U.S. navies complement their knowledge and help verify that procedures are common and appropriate for certain situations. “Bilateral and multinational exercises strengthen the actions of the military against their common enemies, such as narcotrafficking. States’ current threats and risks are transnational, and they require multinational responses and special preparation,” he added. “One of Peru’s main strengths to respond to disaster is its caring population, which stands together and is conscious of its geographical reality,” Vice Adm. Thornberry said. Both he and Rear Adm. Polar agree that strengthening cooperation and the capacity to interoperate between national and international institutions through exercises such as Waves of Solidarity are needed.last_img read more

A new concept and creative solution for the CNTB’s appearance at fairs has been selected

first_imgIn May, the Croatian National Tourist Board set out to select a new concept and creative solution for appearances at tourism fairs, and the selection itself was carried out with the help of the Croatian Design Society (HDD), which conducted a public call for competition.Thus, the competition, which was open until July 3, received a total of 9 works, and the Jury, which consisted of four members of the HDD and three members of the CNTB, decided on the three best solutions and instead of ranked selection awarded three equivalent prizes in the amount of HRK 35.000, considering that these were three equivalent solutions that mostly meet the prescribed requirements.A special Commission of the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Tourist Board and a member of the Tourist Council, taking into account the functionality, estimated costs of production, previous experience and multifunctionality, made the final decision and the work “Connecting diversity and openness ”, Team + Architecture team (Tihana Taraba, Filip Despot, Christian Rendulić), selected for implementation.Selected work Connecting diversity and openness (No. 07) as a key element of recognizability, he proposes an effective “floating” exhibition of photographs within the maximally purified exhibition space. The potential change of photo types depending on the exhibition priorities (fair themes) enables a relatively simple and effective intervention in the exhibition space, which still requires additional attention when choosing photos. Well-organized space, clearly zoned according to requirements, fits different stand sizes and is easily applicable in different situations stand out from the HDDSource: HDDThe Croatian National Tourist Board, in cooperation with the selected team, will finalize the proposed solution that will be used at fair appearances in the next few years, with the possibility of refining and changing the concept, but retaining the key elements of the stand.”Today, Croatia is one of the world’s most attractive tourist destinations, and in order to maintain the status of a hit tourist destination, we must follow trends and constantly strengthen the visibility of the tourist market. That is why in the promotional segment, Croatia must be presented through an appropriate contemporary visual concept that will be able to attract tourists from around the world. Continuous growth of quality in all segments is an imperative for the growth of tourism competitiveness in the Republic of Croatia, and the investment in the quality of visual identity, ie building the image of our country, certainly has its contribution to that.”, said Minister Cappelli.Source: HDDRetail Solutions / Accessus doo (Roko Bahat, Tin Koprivc, Dora Biočić, Marko Balaša, Karolina Borković, Matej Goreta, Vilim Redza) also entered the shortlist with the work “Synergy of elements of motivation through the senses” and Studio.HR (Bojana Bota, Kora Demel Zadro, Hrvoje Končar) with the work “Croatia in person”. “The awarded works solve the organizational and functional (working) space well, offer consistently elaborated, airy exhibition solutions, and their specific distinctive qualities derive from the way the content is communicated to visitors. What they have in common is good organization of space, systematicity, spatial openness of the stand and communication attractors in the upper zone of the stand. ” stand out from the CNTBSee the full description of the selected concept herelast_img read more

Ryanair postpones plan for summer base in Zadar

first_imgRyanair is, as it says Zadarski.hr, confirmed that his planned summer base in Zadar was canceled due to the deteriorating situation with the COVID-19 virus and increased travel bans. “Ryanair announced that due to the situation with the corona virus, unfortunately, flights on certain routes will be canceled in April. About 150 flights to several destinations were canceled. “Most canceled flights are from Dublin, London, Brussels and Stockholm, while some routes such as Vienna, Prague, Gothenburg, Dusseldorf and Karlsruhe are on schedule according to the planned flight schedule in late March and early April,” he told Zadarski.hr spokesman for Zadar airport Nikola Barać. Let us remind you, Lauda or Laudamotion was supposed to manage the base in Zadar on behalf of Ryanair from this year, but now the plan has been postponed until the summer of 2021. Ryanair regrets that this decision will result in a series of canceled flights. All affected passengers received email cancellation notifications. Passengers concerned will be able to choose between a full refund or a travel credit that can be used on Ryanair flights over the next 12 months, the official statement said. Ryanair, they say, continues to fully adhere to WHO and national government guidelines for travel bans. The situation changes daily and all passengers on flights affected by travel bans or cancellations receive an email and are offered flight replacements, a full refund or travel bonuses. The season of international flights begins when Ryanair’s summer flight schedule for Zemunik, which was supposed to start on March 29. This year, they announced connections with as many as 32 destinations, of which a total of 12 are new lines. The effect of the canceled flights on the traffic of Zadar Airport will be around 25.000 incoming passengers or about 50 percent of the traffic in April, Barać estimated the losses that Zadar airport will suffer due to the cancellation of flights.last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgBlueBay Asset Management – Pierre-Henri de Monts de Savasse has joined  as a portfolio manager in the convertible bond team. He joins with 15 years’ experience in portfolio management with a strong quantitative background in portfolio construction and optimisation. His most recent role was at Aberdeen Asset Management where, for the past five years, he was head of convertibles.Charles Russell – Esther White has joined as senior associate in the pensions team at law firm Charles Russell. She joined from Independent Trustee Services and has over 10 years’ experience advising companies and trustees on all aspects of pension law, including issues in relation to corporate re-structuring, mergers and acquisitions and auto-enrolment.JLT Employee Benefits – Chris Devlin has joined JLT Employee Benefits as senior consultant as part of the firm’s plan to expand its Scottish business. He joins JLT with over 15 years’ experience and will take on responsibility for business development at the firm’s Edinburgh office. He was previously at Aon Hewitt where he was a development and client manager.Equiniti – Lucy Dimes has been appointed chief operating officer of the adminstration and payment solutions provider. Dimes will report to chief executive Guy Wakely and takes her position joining from telecommunications company Alcatel. Dimes has been a board level executive for around 15 years and had a 19 year stint at UK communications company BT. Veritas, Keva, Hermes Fund Managers, BlueBay Asset Management, Charles Russell, JLT Employee Benefits, EquinitiVeritas — Taru Narvanmaa and Mikael Zilliacus have been appointed as new members of the supervisory board at Veritas Pension Insurance. At the Finnish company’s annual general meeting earlier this month, Narvanmaa was chosen to replace board member Henry Wiklund and Zilliacus was picked to take over from Ove Grandell.Keva – The Finnish local authority pension fund has named Jukka Männistö its new managing director, following the resignation last year of Merja Ailus. Männistö joins from the Finnish Student Health Service, where he has been managing director since 2009.Hermes Fund Managers – Mark Miller is to join the manager as head of UK & MENA institutional at the end of June. Miller, is currently Amundi Asset Management’s head of UK institutional business, will lead the fund manager’s UK & MENA institutional business, concentrating on its growth plans for the coming years. He will report to Harriet Steel, head of business development. He has previously worked at Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, Fidelity International and Legal & General Investment Management.last_img read more

MacGregor to Provide Equipment for Summit LNG Terminal in Bangladesh

first_imgMacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured an order for the fabrication, engineering and project management of a complete subsea mooring and riser system with the Bangladesh-based company, Summit LNG Terminal. The MacGregor system will serve Summit’s floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), and the delivery will be completed in the fourth quarter 2018, the company said.This order is part of a project to support Summit LNG Terminal’s development of Bangladesh’s power-supply infrastructure. The MacGregor equipment for the FSRU includes Flintstone mooring connectors, as well as project management for the fabrication, procurement and project management of the complete subsea mooring and riser system. The FSRU will be ready for operation on the site during the first quarter of 2019.“We are convinced about MacGregor’s ability to successfully carry out this demanding project with its experience in providing innovative subsea mooring and riser system solutions as well as managing demanding projects,” said ANM Tariqur Rashid, managing director of Summit LNG Terminal.“We are happy to conclude this important contract, which closely covers the same scope as an earlier announced contract involving the collaboration of several trusted companies,” said Høye G. Høyesen, vice president, Advanced Offshore Solutions, MacGregor. “We believe that, in addition to our experience in this field, the earlier contract convinced the customer to trust MacGregor, but it also appreciated our lengthy experience and innovative solutions developed together with Can Systems.”“This order demonstrates our customer’s trust in us to help it secure an improved power-supply infrastructure for Bangladesh. This second order in such a short time supports our strategic goal to expand our presence in the FSRU market with the combined strength of MacGregor and Flintstone,” said Michel van Roozendaal, president, MacGregor.last_img read more

Caribbean governments backtrack on Falklands blockade

first_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Caribbean governments backtrack on Falklands blockade by: – February 10, 2012 23 Views   no discussions ALBA heads of state and government attending the summit in CaracasST JOHN’S, Antigua — Just days after the Commonwealth Caribbean countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines were among ALBA members that had reportedly agreed to block any ships flying the Falkland Islands flag from docking in their ports, the Antigua and Barbuda government has distanced itself from any such agreement.“Antigua and Barbuda has never supported any call for the banning of flagships from any country in the region and therefore disassociates itself from any statement regarding the banning of ships carrying the flag of the Falklands (Malvinas) from entering our ports,” the government said in an official statement on Wednesday.Antigua and Barbuda also supports a “peaceful and definitive solution” to the territorial dispute between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands, the government said. Meanwhile, St Vincent and the Grenadines said its support of the ALBA agreement to ban ships with the Falklands Islands flag from entering its ports is “symbolic”. Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves told a news conference on Wednesday that the ALBA summit merely added on a paragraph to a resolution adopted in December by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Gonsalves said that CELAC had indicated it was giving “support for the cause of the Argentineans in principle but more particularly the request was being made for the issue to be resolved within the context of the discussion taking place on sovereignty of these islands through the United Nations mechanisms”. “And that is basically what is restated in this declaration… the real addition was the paragraph that says ‘Support the decision by the countries of the region to ban ships with the colonial flag imposed on the Malvinas from entering their ports’,” he said, adding “it is largely a symbolic gesture.” “And when this declaration says support the declaration made by those countries … we don’t have ships from the Falklands coming to St Vincent,” Gonsalves pointed out.At the 11th summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA), made up of Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Ecuador and St Vincent and the Grenadines, participating heads of state and government had reportedly approved a special agreement to back Argentina’s call for the restoration of the British Overseas Territory claimed by Argentina as Las Malvinas to Argentinean sovereignty.By Caribbean News Now contributor Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Covid-19: Wimbledon gets £113m insurance soft landing

first_imgWimbledon is set to receive a huge £113m pay-out after taking “pandemic insurance” for the last 17 years. The 2020 tournament was cancelled this summer due to the spread of coronavirus. It is the first time the famous tennis competition has been cancelled since World War Two, with the disease tearing the sporting calendar apart. But organisers of Wimbledon have been preparing for an event like this for a long time. Sport business reporter Darren Rovell posted on Twitter that the tennis tournament has been paying $2m a year into the insurance for the last 17 years, totalling $34m.Advertisement Wimbledon defending champion Novak  Djokovic beat Roger Federer 7–6, 1–6, 7–6, 4–6, 13–12 to clinch victory And it means Wimbledon will receive a pay-out worth $141m [£113m] for this year’s cancelled event. The organisers confirmed Wimbledon’s cancellation at the start of April over fears of coronavirus. A statement from AELTEC read: “It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021. Read AlsoRoger Federer ‘devastated’ as Wimbledon is cancelled due to coronavirus crisis “Members of the public who paid for tickets in the Wimbledon Public Ballot for this year’s Championships will have their tickets refunded and will be offered the chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court for The Championships 2021″ the oraganisers have assured. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way12 Stars You Would Never Recognize Without Their Signature Look7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Inventions That Make Us Question Humanity14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The Worldlast_img read more

Disney World Closing Temporarily Due to Coronavirus

first_imgWalt Disney World announced Thursday evening that it is closing beginning on Sunday night through the end of the month, in order to limit the spread of coronavirus.Disneyland in California had announced its own closure earlier in the day.The Disney Cruise Line will also suspend all operations from Sunday through the end of the month.Here is a full statement from Disney:“In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort, beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month. Disney Cruise Line will suspend all new departures beginning Saturday, March 14, through the end of the month.”It continues:“The Walt Disney Company will pay its cast members during that closure period. The hotels at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain open until further notice. The retail and dining complexes, Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and Disney Village at Disneyland Paris, will remain open.“Domestic Walt Disney Company employees who are able to work from home are being asked to do so, including those at The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Direct-to-Consumer, and Parks, Experiences and Products. We will continue to stay in close contact with appropriate officials and health experts.”last_img read more

Annual Santa Walk/Run set for Dec. 4

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Santa Walk 1-mile race and Santa Run 5K are both set for 10 a.m. Dec. 4, at Ellsworth’s Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center.Both runs will have costume themes and will be timed events. The cost is $10 for the mile walk and $15 for the 5K.Contestants will be provided with fresh treats and cider, and the first 50 people who pre-register will also receive T-shirts. The male and female winner of each will also receive awards, and a raffle drawing will be held for anyone who runs in a costume. Registration will last from 8 until 9:45 on the morning of the race.Registration forms are available at the Down East Family YMCA, Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, Cadillac Mountain Sports and CrossFit Acadia. For more information, contact Robin Clark at 812-8148.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more