LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement One of Canada’s most successful modern fashion brands is finally, at long last, throwing a bone to those of us who drool over their window displays but refuse to spend $200 on a plain brown cardigan.Aritzia, the Vancouver-born upscale retailer turned cool girl cult favourite, just launched its first-ever North American outlet store in the GTA.You can find it at Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills, where a brand new, 140,000-square-foot luxury expansion opened to the public on Thursday morning. Twitter
WASHINGTON — Sales of new U.S. homes sank 6.9% in April, driven by a decline in the sale of homes worth less than $300,000 that are generally bought by middle class and first-time buyers.The Commerce Department said Thursday that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 673,000 in April, down from 723,000 in March. Still, year-to-date home sales are running 6.7% above the pace set in 2018.Buyers have been helped by lower mortgage rates and a solid job market. Yet higher prices and a lack of sales listings have been an obstacle this year for sales of new and existing homes, limiting the number of people who can afford to buy.The median sales price of a new home jumped 8.8% from a year ago to $342,200.Josh Boak, The Associated Press
13 August 2007Speaking at the opening of a new police station in Liberia, which was built by Nigerian blue helmets, the United Nations envoy to the West African country has called on local people to prevent mob violence while a senior Liberian police officer has urged his colleagues to be “servants of the community.” The station, which is in New Kru Town Community in the capital Monrovia, will be staffed by officers from Liberia’s National Police (LNP) and will serve around 28,000 people in the surrounding area, the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) said in a press release. “You should report any criminal activity or suspicious behaviour to the police,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Alan Doss, said at the weekend opening ceremony. “Any return to mob violence could be dangerous for Liberia’s stability. Do not be misled by rumours.” Mr. Doss thanked the Nigerian UN peacekeepers for constructing the police station and also reassured local people that security remained UNMIL’s top priority, pointing out that additional police and military patrols had been conducting night patrols in high crime areas. Also speaking at the opening, LNP Deputy Inspector-General Gayflor Tarpeh encouraged the police officers of the New Kru Town station to be “servants and not bosses of the people in the community,” adding that they must “dispense justice without fear or favour.” The building of the new police station is the latest of ongoing efforts by the UN to help Liberia rebuild after a brutal 14-year civil war.
Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 24, 2016 2:48 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,923.01, down 16.03 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down eight cents, or 2.17 per cent, to $3.61 on 7.6 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:CGC). Drug manufacturer. Down 35 cents, or 5.13 per cent, to $6.47 on 6.5 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 30 cents, or 2.03 per cent, to $14.45 on 6.5 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 14 cents, or 2.43 per cent, to $5.63 on 5.7 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 14 cents, or 0.72 per cent, to $19.62 on 5.4 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 10 cents, or 1.97 per cent, to $4.98 on 5.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Down $2.81, or 4.49 per cent, to $59.80 on 811,352 shares. Restaurant Brands International Inc. says it earned US$86.3 million in its latest quarter, up from US$49.6 million in the same quarter last year. The corporate parent of Tim Hortons and Burger King, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says the profit amounted to 36 cents per diluted share for the three months ended Sept. 30 compared with 24 cents per diluted share a year ago. On an adjusted basis, Restaurant Brands says it earned $201.4 million or 43 cents per diluted share. That was up from an adjusted profit of $151.6 million or 32 cents per diluted share a year ago.
In the beginning of this year, 95 developing countries had renewables support policies in place – up from just 15 in 2005, reported the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), whose secretariat is supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). “Markets, manufacturing, and investment expanded further across the developing world, clearly illustrating that renewables are no longer dependent upon a small handful of countries,” states REN21’s Renewables 2014 Global Status Report. The report credits such support policies with driving global renewable energy capacity to a new record level last year – more than 1,560 gigawatts, up more than 8 per cent from 2012. Overall, 144 countries have renewable energy support policies and targets in place.The report will be formally launched at the first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum, a three-day event which will kick of tomorrow at UN Headquarters in New York and brings together leaders of government, business and civil society to assess progress on sustainable energy, showcase innovation, present new commitments and spur further action. The forum will also add momentum towards the UN climate summit in September, and advance the dialogue on how energy issues should be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda.Launched in 2011, the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative aims to accomplish three objectives by 2030: ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.“Global perceptions of renewable energy have shifted considerably,” said Arthouros Zervos, Chair of REN21.“Over the last 10 years, continuing technology advances and rapid deployment of many renewable energy technologies have demonstrated that the question is no longer whether renewables have a role to play in the provision of energy services, but rather how we can best increase the current pace to achieve a 100 per cent renewables future with full energy access for all.”For this to become reality, current thinking needs to change, he noted, adding that “continuing the status quo of a patchwork of policies and actions is no longer sufficient.” Overall, renewables account for more than 56 per cent of net additions to global power capacity in 2013, according to the figures cited in the latest report. China, the United States, Brazil, Canada, and Germany remained the top countries for total installed renewable power capacity. Meanwhile, China’s new renewable power capacity surpassed new fossil fuel and nuclear capacity for the first time, the authors found.In the European Union, renewables in 2012 represent the majority of new electricity generated capacity, in contrast with conventional fossil generation that accounted for 80 per cent of new capacity. “The past decade has set the wheels in motion for a global transition to renewables, but a concerted and sustained effort is needed to achieve it. With increasingly ambitious targets and innovative policies, renewables can continue to surpass expectations and create a clean energy future,” said Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21.
THERE IS AN Internet legend on the go that we only get months with five weekends every 823 years.And that, in China, they are seen as money-making opportunities and Feng Shui power times.If true, that would make this month of August pretty rare.But, we’re afraid, it is an easy myth to debunk.Just look at this calendar from March last year.Five weekends. Count them.The pattern? If a 31-day month starts on a Friday, there will be five weekends. And that happens quite a bit.The next one will be in May of 2015, according to TimeAndDate.com.And Internet mythbuster David Emery has also written a warning about the multiple chain letters which get sent across the wires when a five-weekend month approaches.A sample: This is the only time you see this phenomenon in your life.August, 2014, will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens only once every 823 years. The Chinese call it ‘Silver Pockets full. “So: send this message to your friends and in four days the money will surprise you. Based on Chinese Feng Shui. Whoever does not transmit the message …. may find themselves clueless …. This is not fun at all …. So, although we won’t be making an extra money (in fact, we’ll have to make our pay cheque stretch over four weekends), we will have five glorious summer weekends to enjoy.AND, this one is an extra-long one. Enjoy! Source: iXpyre/YouTubeWhat will you be doing for them? Let us know in the comments section. Debunked: Is it better to keep bread in the fridge or a bread bin?Debunked: Is it possible to have a photographic memory?
Chinese tourists visiting Government Buildings in Dublin Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie By Christine Bohan 10,404 Views Share10 Tweet Email2 THERE MAY BE more than 8,000 kilometres between their capital cities, but a new plan aims to encourage Chinese tourists to come visit Ireland on their holidays.The joint campaign between Tourism Ireland and one of the biggest travel companies in China is trying to get people to come visit Ireland in the winter months between now and early next year.From this week, there will be virtual reality displays in 30 stores around Beijing which will show footage of the Wild Atlantic Way and Belfast to prospective tourists. Package holidays will also be on sale in the stores.Around 100 million Chinese travel overseas every year – up from just 10 million in 2000. Some 45,000 Chinese tourists came to Ireland last year. One of the VR devices which will show footage of the Wild Atlantic Way Source: Tourism Ireland“Our aim is to win a greater share of the 4 million Chinese visitors who travel to Europe each year,” said James Kenny, Tourism Ireland’s manager for China.Visitors from China are more likely to stay longer in Ireland than other tourists, and spend more than other visitors, Tourism Ireland has found – perhaps no surprise given the distance and the cost involved in coming this far.Around 9.5 million people visited Ireland from overseas last year.Read: British banker ‘tortured woman for three days’ before murder in Hong Kong Read: ‘I hated corrupt officials but I became one in the end’: Chinese documentary is a hit with viewing public Chinese tourists visiting Government Buildings in Dublin http://jrnl.ie/3060988 Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Saturday 5 Nov 2016, 6:20 AM 28 Comments Nov 5th 2016, 6:20 AM Tourism Ireland really wants Chinese tourists to come visit Ireland this winter Bring a warm coat, folks. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partner Evangelos Venizelos are said to be planning a bold reshuffle to refresh the government and show that they have heeded the message sent in European Parliament elections on Sunday when leftist SYRIZA achieved a historic victory.SYRIZA garnered 26.5 percent in the vote, leaving Samaras’s conservative New Democracy in second place with 22.7 percent while neofascist Golden Dawn got 9.4 percent. Elia (Olive Tree), the PASOK-backed center-left alliance, garnered 8 percent, with newcomer To Potami getting 6.6 percent, followed by the Communist Party (KKE) on 6 percent and Independent Greeks with 2.7 percent. Democratic Left, formerly the third party in the coalition, got a crushing 1.2 percent.As parties assessed their victories and licked their wounds accordingly, government officials insisted that there would be no early elections after SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras reacted to his party’s win – the first by a leftist party in Greece – by calling for snap polls.Tsipras on Monday repeated his call for national elections “as soon as possible” after visiting President Karolos Papoulias. Noting that the leftists had scored nearly four percentage points more than the coalition parties, Tsipras pointed to a “major disharmony between the public will and the representation in Parliament.“ “We should go to national elections as soon as possible, in an organized and calm manner, to restore democratic normality,“ he told reporters.His demand was shot down almost immediately by government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou, who described it as an “unprecedented institutional aberration,” while PASOK leader Venizelos deemed it “unconstitutional.” Earlier, in a televised statement reacting to the vote results, Samaras railed that “those who tried to turn the European election into a plebiscite failed.”The premier is due in Brussels on Tuesday, where he is to attend meetings with his European peers and with members of the European People’s Party. He is scheduled to meet with Venizelos in Athens on Thursday for talks expected to take stock of the government’s progress in enforcing reforms demanded by international creditors as well as discussing a cabinet reshuffle. One departure regarded as almost certain is that of Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, who is expected to assume the top job at the Bank of Greece. Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis is also likely to be removed, as is Labor Minister Yannis Vroutsis, while Aris Spiliotopoulos, ND’s failed candidate for mayor of Athens, is expected to be among the different faces in the government.As regards Greece’s new MEPs, the 21-member list had yet to be finalized by late last night. SYRIZA’s six MEPSs include 91-year-old World War II hero Manolis Glezos and Constantina Kuneva, a Bulgarian unionist who suffered serious injuries in a 2008 acid attack. ND’s six MEPs include journalist Maria Spyraki and the captain of Greece’s Euro 2004-winning soccer team, Theodoros Zagorakis, while Elia’s two MEPs include Eva Kaili. Golden Dawn is to send three MEPs, including Lambros Fountoulis, the father of Source: Kathimerini
Stay on target Not too long ago Nintendo shocked the gaming world with Labo, a series of cardboard accessories for its smash hit console/handheld hybrid the Nintendo Switch. While hardcore gamers were left scratching their heads as to why they should want it, to everyone else it was obvious the target audience was children. Kids love making things and Nintendo was smart to move in on the kids Maker toy space.But when it comes to kids Maker toys the #brand to beat is still LEGO. And as we saw last year at a LEGO Education event, LEGO Education takes its role seriously, providing lots of ways for kids to build their own fun and maybe even get smarter in the process. Recently LEGO Education and its partners announced a host of new Maker solutions as well as ways to reward those educators helping put those solutions in kids’ hands.First, there are a bunch of new LEGO Education activities. Teachers of all grades can grab these for free online. Activities include specific ideas for specific LEGO Education sets like Mindstorms, Steam, WeDo, and Simple and Powered Machines as well as more general ideas for fostering a “Great Makerspace” in the classroom.View as: One Page Slides1/81. Lego WeDo introduces elementary school kids to basic programming concepts.2. We’re jealous of the robots kids these days can create and program with modern Lego Mindstorms.3. Simple Lego machines for preschoolers. 4. We can relate to this expressive Lego creation designed to teach preschoolers emotions.5. A local Girl Scout team shows off their award-winning Lego Mindstorms creation.6. The Lego FIRST League challenges kids to make robots capable of solving real-world challenges.7. Here’s a duck I made to prove how Lego lights up your brain.8. Hopefully teachers can use Lego Education to make our kids smarter and let them have fun while doing it.LEGO Education sets range from toys that introduce kids to Maker ideas, to more substantial tech experiences that try to get young adults to come up with robotic answers to real-world environmental problems. For challenges like these, LEGO Education is also now partnering with Microsoft and its HackSTEM lesson plans for even more educational opportunities. Create a transportation plan and map the topography of your own national park.But all these resources would be for nothing if not for the dedicated educators that incorporate them into their classrooms. For the first time LEGO Education is recognizing these folks with the first annual LEGO Education Teacher Award, “a global program that aims to celebrate innovative teaching in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math.” It’s always good to remember that it’s people who do great work, not #brands.With Nintendo entering the field, the Maker space is about to get a lot more crowded. But with these continued education initiatives, we think LEGO Education has built a pretty solid foundation.Buy Lego Mindstorms EV3Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind
EXCLUSIVE: Non-ministerial government department Registers of Scotland has held two benefits fairs for its 1,000 employees in order to promote its new employee benefits platform, existing benefits package and new salary sacrifice benefits.The benefits fairs were held on 26 and 27 February 2018 at the department’s Edinburgh and Glasgow sites. The fairs were used to promote benefits such as childcare, dental insurance, gym discounts, health screenings and partner health screenings, home technology schemes, payroll giving, holiday buy and sell and a bikes-for-work scheme.The benefits fairs also showcased Registers of Scotland’s eyecare benefits, which are provided by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare. Local Specsavers employees attended each of the fairs to discuss in-store services, discounts and special offers that are available to both Registers of Scotland‘s employees and their families.Registers of Scotland held the benefits fairs as part of an initiative to update its reward and benefits offering. This includes implementing a new employee benefits platform through the Crown Commercial Services framework, procuring and introducing new salary sacrifice benefits to feature on the new platform and launching total reward statements. In addition, the government department plans to establish ongoing governance procedures to evaluate its benefits package and employee participation.The benefits fairs were advertised to employees via the staff intranet, which all employees have access to.Billy Harkness, corporate director at Registers of Scotland, said: “There is a much wider health and wellbeing message relating to eyecare, which goes far beyond the [display screen equipment] regulations. We are keen to communicate the benefits of eyecare and do so regularly via our internal communications.“The eyecare management system from Specsavers [Corporate Eyecare] also allows us to check that the evouchers are being redeemed by our employees, so we know they are receiving the care to which they are entitled. The two-day health and wellbeing roadshow is an extension of this commitment and we are delighted that [Specsavers Corporate Eyecare] attended with the vision screener, which really helps to bring the benefit to life.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – El Dorado is celebrating its 50th anniversary by giving back to the community.The furniture chain is providing furniture to 50 underprivileged South Florida families.“Hopefully, we will be fulfilling the needs of 50 families this particular year for this particular event, and we feel so humbled and so privileged to be able to do that,” said El Dorado Chief Operating Officer Pedro Capo.“In this place, Calle Ocho, 50 years ago, my father, my brother and myself started this business,” said Luis Capo, the president of El Dorado. “As you know, we put the name of the boat that we escaped from Cuba on, El Dorado, to the business.”The 50 Years/50 Families Community Relations Campaign launched at the original location on Eighth Street.El Dorado is committed to spending over a quarter million dollars worth of furniture for the families.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Increased flexibility in the statutes governing the use of operation and maintenance (O&M) funds could help installation officials stretch their scare dollars further and help them more efficiently manage excess facilities, senior Army leaders said during a Capitol Hill hearing last week.The problem, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn explained, is that DOD is restricted is using O&M funds to convert unneeded facilities to alternate uses.“For instance, if a barracks facility is no longer needed because our Army has gotten smaller, in order for us to use that for another purpose, we are very restricted under the current legislation,” Allyn said in response to a question from Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) during a House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee hearing on the Army’s fiscal 2017 operation and maintenance budget request and readiness posture.Duckworth asked about the cost cap on the use of O&M dollars for conversion projects. Normally, military construction funds would be used for such projects. Duckworth asked whether the restriction was wasteful, encouraging “installations to make smaller, less efficient modifications that may not fully meet their needs.”Allyn agreed. “You end up leaving a newer facility vacant rather than use an older facility that is not meeting the needs, and you’re dumping restoration dollars into it, and in large cases, you’re using energy inefficient facilities, because you don’t have the authorities necessary to modify [the building],” he told the congresswoman.Lt. Gen. Gustave Perna, deputy chief of staff, G-4, echoed Allyn’s remarks about the benefits of increased flexibility in the use of installation resources given the challenge in securing milcon funding. While a prospective milcon project may have an overwhelming value at one installation, it may “not compete well with total Army requirements,” Perna said.Duckworth concluded the discussion by informing Subcommittee Chairman Rob Wittman (R-Va.) that she planned on drafting legislation to address the problem.A webcast of the Feb. 26 hearing is available on the committee website.
Indian soldiers and Kashmiri onlookers stand near the remains of an Indian Air Force aircraft after it crashed in Budgam district, on the outskirts of Srinagar on February 27, 2019.TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty ImagesAt least four Indian Air Force officers, including the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) at the Srinagar air base, will face court martial after probe into a Mi-17 helicopter crash revealed serious procedural lapses. The helicopter of the Srinagar-based 154 Helicopter Unit had crashed in Budgam on February 27 when Indian and Pakistani fighter jets were engaged in a dogfight over 100 km away.Six IAF personnel on board and a civilian on the ground were killed in the crash.The IAF had launched an enquiry into the incident on how the helicopter crashed within 10 minutes of take-off after eyewitnesses said that a ground-to-air missile may have hit the Mi-17. The Pakistan Air Force had made it clear that it did not shoot down the Indian chopper.The IAF officer, who was in-charge of the Srinagar air base, is believed to have ordered shooting down the copter, confusing it with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of Pakistan. The officer, according to The Tribune, is also being blamed for calling back the Mi-17 chopper when several missiles and gunshots were being fired. The Srinagar Air Force Station should have instead called for landing of the helicopter at a secure base, investigations revealed.The investigations, according to Economic Times, have moved to the next level where some IAF officers may be charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The next step is the “summary of evidence” in which at least four IAF officers, who were present at the Srinagar air base, could face court martial proceedings and termination of services.The enquiry is also being done on how the Identity Friend Foe (IFF) system on the chopper didn’t work even as there were directions that day that it should be switched on. The IFF helps distinguish between friendly and foe fire. The Mi-17 helicopter was reportedly in touch with the ground controllers moments before the crash. There was no perceived threat of any ground missile being fired at that time. One of the pictures of a plane wreckage that Pakistani authorities released saying it belonged to a MiG-21 of the Indian Air Force (IAF) that was shot down by a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jet over the line of control (LoC) in Kashmir.The IAF has made it clear that it would not spare any of the officers who face criminal charges over serious lapses in the Standard Operation Procedure. The Mi-17 was reportedly shot down by Israel-made Spyder air defence missile that was supposed to protect the Srinagar air base.
Share Alvin Baez/ReutersThese solar panels were set up by Tesla at the San Juan Children’s Hospital after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria.Puerto Rico is in the midst of the worst electricity outage in U.S. history. Most of the island remains without power more than two months after Hurricane Maria hit the island.Some Puerto Ricans are saying that the current crisis should be a wake-up call that the island needs to move to a less centralized power system — and that solar power might be part of the solution. In other words, they believe Puerto Rico should follow the lead of many developing nations where solar power production is expanding rapidly.Despite being part of the United States, Puerto Rico has electrical woes similar to those facing deeply impoverished nations in Africa and Southeast Asia. Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico on September 20 as a Category 4 hurricane, caused the entire electric grid to collapse.But things weren’t exactly in good shape pre-Maria. The transmission lines and power plants of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, also known as PREPA, were crumbling due to a lack of maintenance. The rates it charged were higher than any utility on the mainland, yet still PREPA was financially broke. This summer the power authority filed for bankruptcy after failing to make payments on part of its $9 billion in debts.“PREPA has failed,” says Arturo Massol Deyá, who lives in the small city of Adjuntas in the island’s mountainous interior. Weeks after Maria hit, most of the 20,000 residents of Adjuntas are still without electricity. “The only people that have power are the ones that own their own generators.But from the government … zero, nothing.” Massol is a professor of microbiology and ecology at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and is on the board of directors of Casa Pueblo, a nonprofit community group based in Adjuntas.And Massol is one of the islanders who still has power because he has solar panels. Massol and other activists from Casa Pueblo have been advocating for years for Puerto Rico to embrace alternative forms of energy. The group installed its first array of solar panels 18 years ago.Massol and others are saying Puerto Rico should use this disaster as an opportunity to move away from what Massol refers to as an “obsolete, corrupt model of power generation.” Currently utility crews, FEMA and the Puerto Rico government are frantically trying to re-string electric lines and get power back across the island.Casa Pueblo is pushing a program they’re calling “50 with Sun” which sets a goal of generating 50 percent of the island’s electricity from solar. “Engineers at the University of Puerto Rico have stated that if 60 to 65 percent of all the roof surfaces that we have in the island right now were covered with solar power panels, we can generate 100 percent of that demand energy demand at peak hours,” Massol says. “So what we’re saying is the potential is out there.”But that would be a huge shift for Puerto Rico. Prior to Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico was getting only a tiny percentage of its electricity from solar.According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration only two percent of island’s power last year was coming from renewable energy sources of any kind. “The commonwealth has some renewable solar, wind, hydropower and biomass resources but relies primarily on imported fossil fuels to meet its energy needs,” the EIA states in its latest profile of Puerto Rico.The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too. Such a decision would be in the hands of the PR govt, PUC, any commercial stakeholders and, most importantly, the people of PR.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 5, 2017Elon Musk the founder of Tesla suggested on Twitter in early October that his company could build an entirely new power system for the island based on solar panels and batteries.Governor Ricardo Rossello quickly tweeted back, “Let’s talk.”Rossello has publicly endorsed installing more solar panels across Puerto yet with most of the island still without power he’s also charging forward to rebuild the old electrical system much the way it was before.The new solar arrays that are getting installed are being put in piecemeal mainly as an alternative to diesel generators.Weeks after Elon Musk’s tweet, Tesla erected a 200 kilowatt solar array along with a battery storage system at a children’s hospital in Guaynabo, Puerto Ricom just outside of San Juan.“We’d been more than a month without electricity,” says Julianna Canino Rivera, the administrator of the hospital, looking out at the rows of solar panels covering what used to be the hospital staff parking lot.The hospital provides 24-hour residential care to 35 kids. It also offers inpatient and outpatient medical services for children.The hospital has two diesel generators and was alternating between them to keep the lights on.“We had a plan to try to not overuse the generators.Generators are not created to be running 24 hours. They are for an emergency,” Canino says.”So we tried to turn them off for four hours at a time. But the reality is that it was too hot or too dark and I would rather run the generators than have the kids feeling afraid and have complications to their health.”She was worried, however, that one of the generators might just break down completely.The solar-powered system now covers the hospital’s electricity needs for 20 hours a day.Globally solar power generation capacity is booming but the largest expansion has been outside of the Global North. China is investing more in photovoltaics than any other nation in the world. And according to the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, over the course of 2016 China boosted the amount of electricity it gets from photovoltaic cells by 45 percent. South Africa is investing heavily in solar power. Barbados leads the world in solar hot water production on a per capita basis.Many countries in Africa have found it easier to expand access to electricity with relatively small solar farms as opposed to running more lines out of what are often overburdened fossil fuel burning plants.“In some places like Ghana we actually put a [solar] system in that was parallel to an existing grid because the existing grid is not reliable and costs too much,” says Bryan Quinn, an electrical engineer from the University of Maryland.Quinn has worked with several non-profit groups designing and installing solar power systems in Africa.He says small, self-contained micro-grids can be a highly efficient way to expand access to electricity.“You don’t need to build big infrastructure,” he says. “You can do this on a community-by-community basis as dollars and time permit.”He says smaller solar-powered systems can allow developing countries to leapfrog the cumbersome and daunting process of building nationwide electric grids that are dependent on huge power plants.And he says that in a lot of developing countries that’s already happening. And at the Children’s Hospital in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Julianna Canino Rivera says that in the midst of her island’s ongoing power outage solar panels are not only a lot quieter than her diesel generators they’re more reliable.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Scientists create embryos, hope to save near-extinct rhino An international team of researchers has found genetic evidence of northern and southern white rhinoceros’ intermingling during the last ice age. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their study and their hopes that the new information may lead to a new population of hybrids. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further Citation: Genetic study shows white rhinos intermixed during ice age offering hope for saving sub-species (2018, November 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-genetic-white-rhinos-intermixed-ice.html This past March, the last remaining male northern white rhinoceros died, suggesting that the sub-species was on the brink of extinction—just two females now exist. In stark contrast, the southern white rhino has been flourishing in the sub-Saharan grasslands as government agencies have worked hard to protect them. The northern and southern white rhinos have been living apart for so long that they have evolved into two sub-species. To prevent the complete loss of the northern sub-species, scientists have been investigating the possibility of establishing a population of hybrid rhinos—half northern, half southern. But it was not clear how distinct the two species might be—too many genetic differences would mean they would not be able to reproduce. To date, only one such hybrid was ever produced, a female that lived from 1977 to 2009. She never mated, however, offering little in the way of hope for a hybrid population. In this new effort, the researchers conducted a genetic analysis of 200 northern and southern rhinos, comparing them for compatibility.The researchers report that their analysis showed that the two sub-species had mated occasionally during the last ice age, which would greatly increase the likelihood of the two sub-species being able to successfully mate today. They note that even if the possibility does exist, there is no guarantee that offspring would be healthy enough to survive. The only way to find out for sure is to try to create hybrids and see how they fare.This past July, a team working on producing hybrids announced that they had successfully created hybrid embryos. The next step will be to place them in southern white rhino mothers currently living in captivity. Before that can happen though, the team will need to receive permission from authorities to obtain and use sperm collected from deceased northern males. More information: Contrasting evolutionary history, anthropogenic declines and genetic contact in the northern and southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) Proceedings of the Royal Society B (2018). rspb.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rspb.2018.1567Press release © 2018 Science X Network Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
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