ASEAN quickly turning to renewable energy hub

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Asean Post: Technological innovations and favourable government policies are among the four trends expected to drive Southeast Asia’s transition to renewable energy in the coming years. A report published by global auditing firm KPMG titled ‘The Renewable Energy Transition’ noted that while there are still 70 million ASEAN citizens without access to reliable electricity, the potential for renewable energy is huge in those markets and governments are increasingly turning to solar and wind energy to address the issue.Consumers driving the green agenda forward and the entry of new funds into the ASEAN renewable energy market are two other trends identified in the report.Each of ASEAN’s 10 members have set targets for renewable energy, and technological innovations, such as better solar power efficiency and floating solar panels, mean that renewable energy is now more accessible than ever before.The establishment of RE100 in 2014 – a collaborative, global initiative uniting more than 100 influential businesses committed to 100 percent renewable energy – is a prime example of how consumers are helping to boost demand for renewable energy, especially since commerce and industry use up two thirds of the world’s electricity. Among the companies in the group include Google, Microsoft, Coca Cola and IKEA – all of which have a strong presence in ASEAN.The World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation are leading the way in renewable energy investment in the region, which has helped to bring prices down. While prices have often been a key concern, falling costs and rising demand are now helping to push the industry forward.The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) released a report in August 2018 which showed that the Philippines – where an estimated 20 million people lack constant electricity supply and 12 million have none at all –  can reduce its electricity costs to just 2.50 Philippine pesos (US$0.05) per kilowatt-hour (kWh) by installing rooftop solar. By comparison, diesel costs 15 Philippine pesos (US$0.28) per kWh and coal costs 3.8 Philippine pesos (US$0.07) per kWh.“Solar, wind, run-of-river hydro, geothermal, biogas, and storage are competitive, viable domestic options that can be combined to create a cheaper, more diverse and secure energy system,” said Sara Jane Ahmed, an IEEFA energy finance analyst and the author of the report.With its huge potential in renewable energy, ASEAN can be the new hub for renewable energy deployment, innovation and investments.More: ASEAN quickly turning to renewable energy hub ASEAN quickly turning to renewable energy hublast_img read more

Three Batesville students compete in statewide Ivy Tech IT challenge

first_imgLaloge, Lipinski, and Williamson competing at the challengeIndianapolis, In. — Three Ivy Tech Community College students enrolled in the Information Technology Helpdesk pathway at the College’s Batesville Site recently competed in the Ivy Tech Statewide IT challenge.Ryan Laloge, Henry Lipinksi, and Ian Williamson participated in the second annual Statewide IT Challenge April 5-6 at the Ivy Tech Downtown Indianapolis Campus. Laloge, a Batesville High School junior, and Lipinksi, a BHS senior, are dual enrolled at Ivy Tech. Williamson is a traditional Ivy Tech student.The event hosted more than 300 Ivy Tech students, including those in high school dual credit and dual enrollment programs and 150 instructors from Ivy Tech, Ball State University, and Vincennes University. It also hosted 40 businesses and 16 IT Academy partnerships.During the Statewide IT Challenge, students from across the state competed in eight competitions: network infrastructure, IT support, cybersecurity/information assurance, server administration, database management, software development, computer science and visual communications.“The Statewide IT Challenge provided a great opportunity for our students to test their skills and what they have learned in our IT helpdesk pathway at Ivy Tech Batesville,” said Joe Kennedy, Ivy Tech assistant professor of informatics. “It provided valuable hands-on experience in a fast-paced, competitive environment that our students really enjoyed.”The Ivy Tech Batesville Site offers a pathway to careers in information technology helpdesk support, one of the highest demand, well-paying careers in Indiana. The IT support field has more than 300 jobs open annually, according to EMSI, a labor market advisory group.This pathway program teaches students the knowledge and skills needed to build and maintain computing systems and their technology. It is designed to prepare students for a professional career in the computer technology field. Students in the program walk through tearing down and rebuilding computers, work with customer support software, and go through project management training.The Batesville Site program is open to dual enrollment students at area high schools, traditional college students, and adult learners. Students who complete the 23-credit hour pathway earn an IT Helpdesk certificate from Ivy Tech and are prepared to take professional certification exams. There is the option to pursue a technical certificate and an associate degree online with local student support provided or face-to-face through an Ivy Tech partner campus.“Through our Information Technology Helpdesk pathway, Ivy Tech Batesville is aligning its academic programming with the needs of our communities and area employers,” said Dr. Rebecca Rahschulte, Director of Ivy Tech Batesville. “We partner with our area high schools to offer students dual enrollment opportunities to start preparing for a career before they earn their high school diploma. This program is also a good fit for traditional students and adults who want to advance their careers.”last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from No. 10 Syracuse’s 14-13 win over No. 9 Virginia

first_imgA week after falling to Army on a last-second goal, Syracuse struggled to get anything going in the first half against Virginia. A 4-0 run from Virginia including three goals from Michael Kraus pulled the Cavaliers away in the second quarter. The Orange struck back in the second half, adding a 6-1 run to pull itself close. From there, the two teams fought back and forth before Sergio Salcido put the game away with 15.1 seconds left.Here are three quick takeaways from No. 10 Syracuse’s (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) 14-13 win over No. 9 Virginia (4-2, 0-1).Syracuse’s first-half woes, second-half breakout continuesFor the third straight week, Syracuse was unable to enter halftime with a lead. The team trailed against then-No. 12 Albany by three before fighting back and narrowly escaping with a game-winning goal from Nick Mariano. The following week, Army entered the half up two. Syracuse made another late comeback but that time, Army added a last-second goal to win. Against Virginia, the first-half woes continued.Matt Lane scored late in the first quarter to tie the game at four apiece. But, in the second quarter, SU failed to create any offensive production. The team went scoreless for all 15 minutes while Virginia rode a 4-0 run into the half including three straight goals from Kraus.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the second half, Syracuse rode a 6-1 run to tie the game at 11 with just 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter. From there, the two teams bounced back and forth.Ten seconds after an SU goal tied the game in the fourth quarter, UVA struck back to take the lead. That was met with a Ryan Simmons up-and-under shot from long distance to tie the game back up shortly after. Three minutes later, Dox Aitken scored his third of the game to put Virginia back on top. Body blows were exchanged throughout the rest of the fourth quarter before Salcido delivered the knockout.Syracuse had been able to battle back from a first-half struggles in the two games prior. But, in the second half, took over and kept each game close. The storyline continued against Virginia.Matt Lane, Nate Solomon bounce back after recent strugglesAfter a four-goal performance against Siena, Nate Solomon had only one assist over the next two games. Matt Lane tallied a goal and assist over Syracuse’s first three games. Both starters had been falling short of expectations. That changed in SU’s first conference game of the season.For the first time all season, Lane had more than one point in a game. All season long, he had been hesitant and struggled to create enough room for a shot. But, he finally found his groove and fired off shot after shot. Lane finished with three goals and two assists.As for Solomon, the sophomore attack finally showed the potential seen in the season opener. After struggling in back-to-back games, his constant cuts led to many open opportunities. This time, he took advantage of them, adding three goals and two assists as well in the win.Syracuse’s best players Nick Mariano and Jordan Evans can only do so much. With the defense focusing on the two attackmen, others had to step up for Syracuse. Against Virginia, that was Lane and Solomon.Ben Williams sets Syracuse’s all-time record for groundballsLate in the third quarter, Ben Williams lined up at the X, much like he has the previous four years at Syracuse. The always reliable faceoff specialist for the Orange put his head down and, as the referee blew his whistle, won the faceoff and came up with the groundball.For the 284th time in his career, Williams came up with the groundball, passing Joel White and setting the Syracuse all-time record.Williams missed last week’s game against Army with an undisclosed injury, and his absence at the X helped Army create more opportunities on offense and eventually, a 14-13 win.Having the senior back at the X helped keep Syracuse close against its division rival Virginia. Though he lost the battle at the X, the game could’ve easily gotten out of hand without him taking faceoffs. But he gave Syracuse enough opportunities to put the game away. And the team did. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 5, 2017 at 2:32 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturcolast_img read more

Eden Hazard’s butt is his secret weapon

first_imgHazard’s talented rear end aside, Martinez has no doubt the star will take Spain by storm. He said Hazard’s role with the Belgium team is playing a big part in making him a more mature figure.”He has evolved a lot, but his biggest progression is in terms of personality,” Martinez added. “Belgian football has given him a huge responsibility, and he has reacted great to it. Eden was the star, the captain of the team that finished third in the World Cup, and now we know he is ready to lead any project.”There are a lot of famous names around, but you have to look into the essence of the footballer, how he influences his team. He is a gem because he has bags of quality and plays within the structure of the team. He is at the same level as Neymar or Mbappe.” Martinez, a huge fan of his Belgium charge, provided some unusual insight into Hazard’s secret — or, perhaps, not-so-secret — weapon.”He is so short, he uses his arse to get out of one-to-one situations that other players cannot.” Martinez told reporters. “It is his center of gravity.”MORE: How to watch all USWNT matches in the 2019 World CupAdded Martinez: “He’s got bags of quality and a great eye for football, and that allows him to always take the best decisions up front. Another thing he has is that he’s not affected by emotions, not even what people say about him. He is very calm and quiet.” Belgium coach Roberto Martinez revealed Wednesday what makes Eden Hazard such a formidable player on the pitch: his butt.Hazard, who is set to join Real Madrid after Chelsea agreed to sell its talisman for €100 million ($112 million), will be presented as a Blanco on Thursday, when he will sign a five-year contract at Santiago Bernabeu. The Belgian playmaker is widely regarded as one of the most talented footballers in the world, and at 28, he is now fulfilling a long-held dream of playing with the Spanish giants.last_img read more