Chart(s) of the Day: China’s Share of Wind-Generated Electricity Is More Than Half the Global Total

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From Carbon Brief:The 31GW added in China in 2015 was around half the global total of 63GW, which was a record for a single year. China now spends more on renewables than the US and EU combined. It’s worth noting there was a lull in Chinese clean energy investment in the first quarter of 2016, however.China’s wind capacity of 145GW now exceeds the EU’s and is three times that in Germany. Other notable features of the data are that India has a higher wind capacity, with 25GW, than the UK (14GW) and France (10GW) combined. Poland’s 5.10GW marginally exceeds Denmark’s 5.06GW.Most of the world’s 433GW of wind capacity is onshore. Europe leads the way on offshore wind, with 11GW, of which 5GW is in the UK. China is the only other significant offshore wind market in the world, with 1GW. However, countries including Japan, South Korea, the US and India are starting to develop the technology.Mapped: How China dominates the global wind energy market Chart(s) of the Day: China’s Share of Wind-Generated Electricity Is More Than Half the Global Totallast_img read more

Honduran Campaign to Counter Drug Crime Includes Help of Civilians

first_img Diálogo: The spokesperson for the National Police, Deputy Commissioner Leonel Sauceda, told Diálogo that most of the violent deaths in this country are drug related. Do you share that conclusion, and what will you do to reverse the situation? Col. Santos: In the first three months since this campaign was launched (from May 11 to August 14, 2015), the campaign yielded some results in spite of the fact that the process for investigating reports includes steps that require defined periods of time, particularly with regard to small-scale drug dealing, but the main effect has been the opening of more investigation files aimed at disbanding gangs that distribute and traffic drugs. So in the same period of 2014, we seized 102.5 kg of cocaine hydrochloride, but in 2015 we seized 308 kg. With regard to crack, there was a decrease, because we seized 70 rocks in 2015, while 167 in 2014. As for the reports we received during the same time period, in 2014 we received 32 cases, but in 2015 we have received 112 reports. In an interview with Diálogo, DLCN’s chief, Infantry Colonel Isaac Santos, discusses the success of the campaign, which was launched in May 2015 by the Honduran Prosecutor’s Office (MP). Col. Santos: We want to engage with the populace to provide anonymous tips and help in the fight against illegal drug trafficking, money laundering, and related crimes, thereby reducing and, in the mid-term, eliminating the sale of drugs to vulnerable sectors of the population. We also aim to arrest those who are committing this crime. Citizens can report people, criminal organizations, and criminal activities related to the illegal drug market, chemical precursors and any activity involved in the commissions of money laundering and related offenses. To summarize, our goals for this year are: to break the ties between drug traffickers and the population; reduce by at least 20% the incidence of drug-related crimes, particularly the high rates of violence; to educate the population on the culture of reporting crimes as a means to improve their own welfare; expand our database on people involved in drug trafficking, including mapping the occurrence of drug sales and what drugs are sold in order to involve our detectives in the process of managing this information; and spread the report system throughout the region to generate immediate responses. Col. Santos: It is an invaluable contribution of information to identify the groups or gangs of criminals involved in drug trafficking and street-level or small-scale drug dealing, including the areas where they operate, identifying the leaders, the money laundering networks, about shipments of precursor chemicals, and other related offenses. In addition, citizen contributions represent how tired and angry people are over seeing their children suffer from drug addiction and fall victim to the violence spurred on by the drug scourge. It is basic to the continuity of this campaign to gather more domestic and international resources for greater dissemination through the results and achievements we’ve seen, and to create a process for prevention education targeting children and adolescents who live in the most at-risk areas. Diálogo: What are the main goals of the “Únete a Nuestra Lucha” campaign? The “Únete a Nuestra Lucha” [Join Our Fight] campaign gives Honduras’ civilian population the opportunity to cooperate with the Drug Enforcement Bureau (DLCN) to reduce and eliminate the sale of narcotics and to disband drug-trafficking gangs. Diálogo: What does including citizens through this campaign mean for your work? By Dialogo August 25, 2015 I CONGRATULATE YOU FOR YOUR IMPORTANT ARTICLES AND WE BROADCAST THEM ON LOS ANDES RADIO STATION IN CHOTA, PERU Nothing more fair than to take these measures. Drugs have to be fought YOUR NEWS ARTICLES ARE VERY GOOD. FROM VENEZUELA, I CONGRATULATE YOU Fighting drug trafficking should reduce violence. That’s good. Let’s assume the USA is 100% successful and the country is free of drugs. I imagine that millions of drug addicts will protest and revolt: consequence — deaths and property damage? good news Diálogo: What are some of the first results you’ve achieved in the short time the campaign has run, compared with the same period last year? Diálogo: How can Hondurans participate, and what sort of response have you had so far? Col. Santos: We have started telephone lines, pages on social networks, websites, e-mail addresses, advertisements on radio, TV, and in newspapers, as well as signs in shopping centers, airports, high-traffic areas, and government offices. Any citizen who wishes to cooperate with the DLNC can call (800) 2221-8263 in Tegucigalpa, 2252-4109 in San Pedro Sula or from cellphones (00504) 9940-2222 or 3140-2222. In addition, they can find us on Facebook as, we are on Twitter as, our e-mail is and our website is According to surveys conducted by our personnel, citizens approve of our reporting and awareness campaign. It is worth pointing out that the participation levels at the beginning were very high, particularly for reports coming from neighborhoods and outlying areas of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula; they exceeded 100 reports a day. After the first month, the number of reports decreased until they stabilized at an average of 20 reports a day. The decrease occurred because, more than anything else, people were reporting a variety of crimes, not just drug trafficking or money laundering, but also extortion, domestic violence, traffic in children, death threats, and environmental offenses, among others. Col. Santos: I agree with you completely, since according to studies conducted by the Bureau of Forensic Medicine under the Prosecutor’s Office, the increase in violent deaths over the last four years has been directly influenced by two basic factors. First is the violence generated by the increase in drug use, such as crack cocaine, in the neighborhoods on the outskirts of large and medium-sized cities. And second, probably as a consequence of the first, is the violence caused by the fight for drug distribution and sales markets and control over that territory by drug dealing gangs and transnational gangs like Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (MS-18), as well as local gangs like “Los Chirizos,” “El Combo que no se Deja,” “Los Benjamines,” and “Los Grillos,” among others. To solve this violent situation, we need to bring back the integrity of the family, the basic values of behavior and coexistence, and therefore, since the beginning, this campaign has broken the shadow of silence and fear people were living under, and now they are filing these reports, demonstrating again that we are fed up with our children being victimized by violence and drugs.last_img read more

School supply drive honors U-E teacher Cassandra ‘Sassie’ Cline for third year

first_imgAlways making sure everyone had what they needed to succeed, she hopes the drive continues that legacy. Supplies of all kinds including markers, glue and notebooks can be dropped off at Hair Studio Six on Hooper Road in Endwell.The drive runs through Sept. 9. Supplies will be brought to George F. Johnson Elementary School with extras going where needed in the district. “This year it’s more important than ever because there’s a lot of people that aren’t working, a lot of kids that need supplies, so we’re hoping that anything than anyone can donate is welcome and we’re just hoping to give to as many children as we can,” said Kathy Cline. ENDWELL (WBNG) — For the third year in a row, Hair Studio Six in Endwell is collecting school supplies for local children in memory of Union-Endicott teacher Cassandra “Sassie” Cline.The kindergarten teacher was killed in an alligator attack in Hilton Head, South Carolina in 2018. Since her death, her sister Kathy has led a school supply drive for the students in her district each year saying Cline adored her students and her job immensely.last_img read more

$5000 incentive to lure first home buyers to community development

first_imgThe Fusine is much like a free standing two-bedroom apartment and is located at Richlands.First home buyers are being given an added incentive to purchase their own home before Queensland’s $20,000 first homeowner’s grant is reduced to $15,000 on July 1.Developer AVJennings has introduced its own $5000 incentive, releasing a popular entry-level loft style townhome at Richlands.AVJenning’ $5000 incentive is available across all of its Queensland communities until May 18, with the developer expecting a rush to the final stage of its Villaggio Richlands community, where it recently released new two-bedroom townhomes priced from $318,900.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoAVJennings Queensland sales manager Tony Creighton said the ability to couple both the StateGovernment and developer first homebuyer incentives, together with the release of the popular loft-style ‘Fusine’ townhome at Villaggio, was expected to spark an increase in first time purchaser inquiries.“We want first home buyers to consider their options and realise that purchasing an AVJennings property before June 30 means they can potentially gain an additional $10,000 towards their new home,” he said.“There are also options for those who haven’t saved a full deposit to get into the market with a savings plan, whereby the customer can secure a new home and continue to save their full deposit while waiting for their property to be built.”The Fusine is much like a free standing two-bedroom apartment, with a single lock up garage onthe ground floor, connected by an internal staircase to the upper level, which includes the bedrooms and living areas.last_img read more

Buyout costs could rise 10% over Solvency II capital reserves

first_imgHowever, while insurance companies can perfectly match pensioner liabilities in DB schemes, this is not possible for deferred and younger members where the liability is impossible to determine.This results in the insurance company needing to hold more capital for such liabilities.Insurers are currently negotiating with the PRA as to exactly how much capital should be required for each type of liability, based on their own capital and investment structures, with final determinations expected next month.The resulting system would see different capital requirements imposed on each insurer for the same liabilities based on how these are matched by investments.Melcer said the 10% was slightly “finger in the air” but that business written in 2016 would certainly be more costly to pension schemes than 2015.“There will be a range of outcomes depending on the insurer so the extent of cost increases will vary among providers,” he said. “The 10% is based on the insurance companies not adapting to the new environment.”Hymans Robertson partner James Mullins, said the 10% figure was an exaggeration, but accepted that prices could certainly rise at the start of 2016.“Insurers have been pricing for Solvency II for some time now. Pricing will change, but not a steep change to [10%],” he said.Mullins also suggested Solvency II, and the risk of higher pricing early in 2016, would see a boom in business towards the end of this year.“Some insurers have been quiet [on buyouts] waiting for Solvency II requirements to be signed off, so there could be a rush before it comes into play because of the 16-year rule,” he said.Charlie Finch, partner at consultancy LCP, also declared the 10% estimate was an over-exaggeration, but again agreed the start of 2016 could be more expensive.“Insurance companies will work on updating models over time to remove the consequences of new capital requirements.“Trustees probably shouldn’t buy in January or February but over time the pricing will not make a difference,” he said.Competition is also expected to impact the buyout market, as new entrants join the bulk annuities market.Scottish Widows is set to begin tendering for deals this month but will focus on pensioner buy-ins in the short-term, and assess buyouts by mid-2016.While buyout pricing could rise, insurance buy-ins, where the scheme exchanges assets for an insurance contract, will not as they are easily matched under Solvency II. Insurance companies could raise bulk annuity buyout pricing as deferred members will demand higher capital reserves under Solvency II, consultants warn.PwC suggested a “worst case scenario” of the cost of a buyout, where the insurance company takes on all liabilities of a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme, rising by 10% in 2016.However, pensions director and buyout adviser, Jerome Melcer, said this was a rough estimate based on a combination of stringent capital requirements by the UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), unfavourable discount rates, and a high average liability duration.The issue stems from revised capital requirements under Solvency II coming into effect from 2016, meaning all business written in 2015 would be cheaper for insurers, with regulations allowing for a transitional period of 16 years for old liabilities to be covered under the new regime.last_img read more

TV reno pros unveil their unique Gold Coast home

first_img The facade features dark cladding and bricks. Photo: Mindi CookeStarting out with bare concrete floors and chipboard benchtops, their first task was to make the home liveable enough for then pregnant Carlene and toddler Paddy.Michael drew on his building skills and Carlene her flair for interior styling to bring their mid-century modern meets Palm Springs family home to fruition. The original home and the new section are linked by a walkway. Photo: Mindi CookeTheir leafy Tallebudgera plot was originally home to a brick house which had been partially destroyed by fire, leaving a concrete slab and pool behind. “When we bought the place, people thought we were insane,” said Mrs Duffy. “Michael and I are innately optimistic and live with a notion that we’ll work it out as long as we’re willing to flog ourselves and take some risks.“I’m proud of the fact that we’ve done it, against all odds.” The couple, who first came to public attention when they appeared as contestants on The Block in 2014, are known for championing confident, character-filled designs. Colourful canvases a must-have home feature RELATED: Nothing boring about this bespoke renovation Colours and furnishings add character to each room.Dark cladding and exposed brick define the main structure while inside a mix of polished concrete and timber flooring balance out rich colours and textures.“It’s very hard to define the style of the home because it’s a bit of everything,” Mrs Duffy said. “As we gained experience, the vision has changed along the way.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“It feels really unique and I think that’s why people are drawn to it. It’s like nothing they’ve really seen before.” Carlene and Michael Duffy will reveal their Tallebudgera renovation on Channel 9 Life’s Ready, Set, Reno.A decade-long renovation project will be revealed tomorrow when the hosts of Channel 9’s Ready, Set, Reno, Carlene and Michael Duffy, unveil their own stunning Gold Coast home.The big television reveal is a watershed moment for the former The Block contestants who have been chipping away room-by-room after work and on weekends since 2009. Cool tones make for a serene experience in the bathroom. Photo: Mindi CookeFlexibility and persistence are key to a successful renovation experience, said Mrs Duffy who, alongside Michael, helps others reach their home design dreams through their business, Cedar & Suede.“I really have to exercise perspective and keep your eye on the end goal otherwise you do go a bit cuckoo,” she said.“You need to have your non-negotiables but also be flexible as the project unfolds because you will be forced to make changes along the way.“Trust your gut and only take advice from people you absolutely trust. You really need to stick to your guns and be true to what you want to achieve.“Renovating can be a really long journey so you kind of have to enjoy the ride.”The Duffy’s Tallebudgera reveal airs on Ready, Set, Reno, 9 Life, at 1.30pm on Saturday June 6.last_img read more

Contraceptive pill recalled in US

first_imgHealthLifestyle Contraceptive pill recalled in US by: – February 1, 2012 Share Share 17 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Women are being told to speak to their doctorAround one million packets of birth control tablets are being recalled in the US, as they might not prevent pregnancy.The pharmaceutical company Pfizer said a “packaging error” meant the doses were not correct.It said the tablets did not pose any health dangers, but there was a risk of “unintended pregnancy”.Pfizer is advising women affected to use non-hormonal forms of contraception immediately. Fourteen lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of Norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets have been recalled. The lot numbers have been published on the company’s website.Throughout the month women would take 21 tablets containing active ingredients and seven which were inert.The correct dose is essential for preventing pregnancy, however, the drug maker said: “The daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy.”Women affected have been advised to tell their doctor and return the tablets to their pharmacy.BBC Newslast_img read more

McCarthy happy to fight for place

first_img Press Association Everton midfielder James McCarthy accepts he still has plenty to work on as he settles into life at his new club. “With Gareth (Barry) alongside and Ross (Barkley) in front I really enjoyed it.” McCarthy’s partnership with Barry, on-loan from Manchester City, is likely to be key for the Toffees this season and manager Roberto Martinez has already seen positive things from the pair’s work. “I thought James McCarthy had a terrific partnership with Gareth Barry and that pleases you a lot,” said the Spaniard. “It allows you to build a good future for the football club.” Barry is ineligible for this weekend’s trip to face parent club Manchester City as Everton’s unbeaten record, the last remaining in the Premier League, goes on the line at the Etihad Stadium. However, McCarthy believes the form of their other on-loan player Romelu Lukaku, who has scored three goals in 135 minutes of football, gives them hope as they look to hold on to fourth place. “Romelu was different class (against Newcastle),” he told evertontv. “Now we just need to kick on. The unbeaten record is still going and we are gelling as a squad and long may it continue. “You want to be up there and challenging but it is never easy.” center_img The £13million summer recruit from Wigan made his home debut in Monday’s 3-2 win over Newcastle and put in an assured performance. “I still need to keep my head down and keep working hard. It still comes down to a day-to-day basis,” said the 22-year-old. last_img read more

Watson keeps focus on the course

first_img Three-time winner Phil Mickelson made an early exit for the first time since 1997 after a triple-bogey on the 12th, where he amazingly went from the front bunker to the back bunker and back into the front bunker again. A 73 meant the Open champion missed the cut by a shot on five over, but pre-tournament Rory McIlroy made it on the mark despite a back nine of 40 in a disappointing 77. Watson, who adopted a month-old son with his wife Angie shortly before his Masters win, withdrew from his last event after blaming an opening 83 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on his head being “all discombobulated” due to severe allergies. But the 35-year-old from Bagdad, Florida, did claim his first PGA Tour title since the Masters in February, shooting back-to-back bogey-free rounds of 64 to win the Northern Trust Open. “This year I’m trying to get the (green) jacket back,” said Watson, who had five birdies in a row from the 12th before a bogey on the 18th, only his second dropped shot of the week. “You are not the main man, the champions’ dinner is not about you. I was in awe when it was my dinner, you’re sitting there amongst the great champions that are in. This year I got to be just a bystander, one of the guys, and it’s Adam’s night. “Media attention is on the defending champion. You’re asked all these questions, can you defend, how are you going to play, how are you going to do this? You have to give up the green jacket. “For me I didn’t know how to handle it the best way and so I didn’t play my best golf last year. But this year I came in here with no media attention, somehow I was lost in the crowd a little so I could go about my practice rounds without much attention.” Free from the pressure of being defending champion, Bubba Watson stressed his desire to claim a second Masters title in three years on Friday as Thomas Bjorn and Jonas Blixt raised hopes of a first European win since 1999. Although he does not drink, Watson admits he suffered from a hangover of sorts following his win in 2012, given his unusual background for a professional golfer. “You’ve got to think about where I’ve come from, my mom having two jobs to pay for my golf, my dad working in construction,” he added. “And when you think about that and where I am in my career, you’re thinking about how great this was. “It’s an accomplishment for a guy named Bubba, with my mom, my upbringing. My year, my career was complete after that win so obviously I was going to have a hangover. Never been drunk before, but a hangover from the green jacket. “I do everything my way. I learned the game my way, figured it out my way. So it just takes me a little bit longer with the mental focus and drive to get back to where I am today.” Bjorn had been 51 over par for his previous 10 Masters appearances before rounds of 73 and 68 this week, the 43-year-old Dane recording four bogeys and eight birdies, four of them coming in the last five holes. “I played well all the way through and felt comfortable on the golf course today,” Bjorn said. “I hit two great shots into 13 and walked off with a par and after that decided I needed to be more aggressive. I took the shots on at 14 and 16 and they paid off and it was nice to walk up and tap it in for a birdie on 18.” Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher was also delighted with his second round, a 72 leaving him one under and joint 10th alongside Welshman Jamie Donaldson, with Lee Westwood level par after a 71. European number one Henrik Stenson was one over while Justin Rose and Ian Poulter both shot rounds of 70 to lie two over. Former champion Sandy Lyle, 56, made the cut on four over along with Jose Maria Olazabal and Darren Clarke, but Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia missed out by a shot, as did US Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick. Watson carded a second-round 68 in testing conditions at Augusta National to finish seven under par, three shots ahead of Australian John Senden with Bjorn, Blixt, defending champion Adam Scott and 20-year-old Jordan Spieth on three under. Augusta specialist and 1992 champion Fred Couples was another shot back, the 54-year-old looking to become the oldest ever major winner and enjoying the kind of luck which saw his tee shot on the 12th somehow stop on a downslope and stay out of Rae’s Creek – just as it did in the final round 22 years ago. Press Associationlast_img read more

White warns against complacency ahead of Ireland’s World Cup opener

first_img “You don’t go out there in international rugby aiming to come second,” said White of Canada’s apparent World Cup realism. “They’ve got nothing to lose have they? We have to bring a very good game to the park. “The Ireland team over the last two years have developed habits that are all about the process, and things will take care of themselves off the back of that. “For me personally, if I get onto the field it would be my fourth cap. “So that’s hugely exciting, and I don’t take anything for granted whatsoever. “We’ve got to go out there, do our jobs and do them well.” Canada’s influential flanker Tyler Ardron now looks set to beat his knee injury in time to face Ireland this weekend. The Ospreys loose forward had been a doubt for the match, but head coach Crowley is now hopeful the 24-year-old will be ready for action. Ireland are fully expected to ease through their Pool D opener in Cardiff on Saturday, with Canada coach Kieran Crowley already tipping Joe Schmidt’s side to top the group standings. Crowley believes a third-place finish in Pool D would prove a successful return for Canada, but Connacht tighthead White has warned against Ireland taking the clash lightly. “We have just been monitoring his situation,” said Crowley. “We will make a final call tomorrow but he’s progressing really well.” New Zealand-born front-rower White became Ireland’s third oldest debutant of all time in the 28-22 warm-up Test victory over Scotland in Dublin last month. The 34-year-old conceded he simply remains proud to have forged a Test career, let alone forced his way into Ireland’s World Cup ranks. “It was probably only halfway through this year that the World Cup first came into my mind,” said White, who swapped Waikato for Ireland in 2011. “I came to Leinster on a one-year deal, I took a gamble to leave New Zealand and to just see how things went. “I was lucky enough that Connacht offered me a three-year deal after that. “Maybe the start of last season when I qualified to play for Ireland was the first time Test rugby came into my mind. “Before I left New Zealand I spoke to Joe Schmidt (then Leinster coach), who said ‘we’ll give you a chance if you want to come. It’s up to you but we’ll give you a chance’. “So it’s a huge honour to be able to represent Ireland now, there’s a lot of expectation, I’ll do my job the best I can and hopefully we can make people happy.” High praise from Canada must not lull Ireland into a false sense of World Cup security, prop Nathan White has warned. Press Associationlast_img read more