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

Questions over sex education raise eyebrows

first_imgSunday Star Times 30 June 2013A boys’ puberty quiz asking whether a lack of chest hair indicates a man is gay is raising eyebrows among sex educators. The question was included in a test given to intermediate-aged boys at an Auckland school last week, and came from a sex-ed kit provided by healthcare giants Johnson&Johnson. The school’s principal says the question was designed to “start a conversation” but experts say it has the potential to cause more harm that it’s worth, and is another example of the shambolic state of New Zealand’s sex education curriculum.…..Glen Eden’s principal Terry Hewetson said the quiz was designed to provoke a discussion. Many of the questions were put up as “mythbusters” to give teachers the chance to tell the children the facts.Hewetson said, like all schools, Glen Eden was required to consult with the community every two years about sex education, so parents knew what they were teaching.There had been no complaints from parents about the quiz.He pointed out the reason they were using a Johnson&Johnson quiz was because there was a lack of resources from the Ministry of Education.Educators said that was a problem identified in a 2007 Education Review Office report, but little had been done to fix it. 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

Northern Lights College starting rodeo team for 2018-2019 season

first_imgThe team will compete in the Canadian International Rodeo Association and will travel to 31 different events across B.C. and Alberta.Bondaroff added that though NLC will be looking for lots of Peace Region athletes to join the team, they will also take athletes from around the province and Alberta.“We’re super dedicated to advancing college sports in this region and this is an opportunity for us to do that. It’s a way to train local, stay local and work local and that seems perfect for us.”NLC will be actively recruiting at Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede next weekend.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Lights College will be starting their own rodeo team for the 2018-2019 rodeo season.The team will be the first squad a part of NLC’s developing Athletics and Recreation Department. NLC along with Engage Sport North created the department to give students the option of athletics while attending the school.“The education is the most important and if we can offer some athletics and recreational type programming its give our kids just more opportunity to do more stuff,” said NLC’s Associate Vice President of Student Services and Community Relations Todd Bondaroff.- Advertisement -Bondaroff explained that rodeo was the perfect sport to kick-start the department due to so many students in the Peace being into the sport.“We chose to start with rodeo because it has such a long history, heritage and culture within our region. It made a lot of sense to start there but we are certainly looking into the future.”“We’re looking into the future and were are certainly interested in pursuing other college-level sports activity. That might include volleyball, basketball and hockey, who know?”Advertisementlast_img read more