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

Flu researchers call for enhanced swine surveillance

first_img A gap in threat trackingThey wrote that the mixing vessel theory has been around for more than a decade and that influenza experts in 1998 proposed swine surveillance to serve as an early warning system, but that this task was to some extent overlooked. As evidence, they said the number of swine influenza A sequences that were in the database they used for the study was 10 times smaller than the number of human and avian influenza A sequences. Following virus protein cluesIn the first analysis, the group used more than 400 protein sequences from the novel virus and those from previous flu seasons to explore the genetic evolution of the new virus. The closest homologous proteins for the novel H1N1 virus were in swine influenza viruses that have been circulating in the United States and Asia for the past 10 years, suggesting that the new virus probably evolved from recent swine viruses. “In some countries, such as the United States, the national strategy for pandemic influenza assigned the entire preparedness budget ($3.8 billion US dollars) for the prevention and control of avian A (H5N1) influenza, overlooking the swine threat,” the report said. It referred to a 2006 report on pandemic flu appropriations. Generally, human flu viruses have triggered the genetic changes in swine influenza viruses since 1918-1919, but none of the genetic shifts or virus introductions from people to pigs has created a pandemic virus or one that transmitted human-to-human, Baker said. “So historically, the pig has never served as a mixing vessel, unless the current virus actually came directly from a pig. If so, it most likely occurred in traditional-style pig farms in Asia,” he added. Jun 8, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Government officials and researchers may have underestimated the potential role of pigs as “mixing vessels” for influenza viruses and the importance of swine surveillance for identifying new pandemic threats, veterinary experts from Mexico asserted recently. Fortunately, a small swine surveillance collaboration between the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Animal Disease Center in Ames had just begun when the new virus was first detected, Baker said. In the second part of the study, the group conducted phylogenetic analyses of thousands of protein sequences of H1N1 viruses that circulated in North America over the last 20 years. They found that the novel H1N1 virus has “genetic distinctness,” which appears to be a hallmark of previous influenza A viruses transmitted between pigs and humans. Funding shortfalls limit surveillanceThe authors, however, are correct in pointing out that health officials have underestimated the importance of swine surveillance, and that the efforts suffer for a general lack of food-animal research dollars, Baker said. Most swine surveillance has been conducted by a few dedicated scientists—such as those at Iowa State, the University of Minnesota, and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital—with few resources, he said. The group based their conclusions on two genetic analyses tracing the evolution of the novel H1N1 virus that lend support to the mixing vessel theory. Their findings appeared in the Jun 4 issue of Eurosurveillance.center_img “When discovered, it was believed to be unique to pigs, but now we know that humans, quail, turkeys, and likely many, many species have both receptor types, any of which could serve as a ‘mixing vessel,'” he said. Baker also questioned the group’s emphasis on the mixing vessel theory, which he said came about when scientists discovered that pigs have both avian-like and mammalian receptors on their respiratory epithelium. He said the theory remains unproved, though it has been around for many years. Last week, John Clifford, the chief veterinarian for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced plans to launch a pilot surveillance program in swine to detect new influenza strains, according to a Jun 2 Reuters report. The program will analyze isolates, submitted by government and private labs, from sick pigs and from herds exposed to workers that have H1N1 infections How real is the mixing vessel threat?Rodney B. Baker, DVM, president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and senior clinician in Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, told CIDRAP News that the authors appear to have based their findings about novel flu virus evolution on incomplete data, which may have prevented them from considering all of the possibilities. For example, he said their findings don’t seem to factor in the documentation of “parental reassortment” in Asia or the distance of the novel H1N1 virus from North America’s endemic strains. Though the sample size was limited, the authors said the analyses are useful for understanding the evolution of influenza viruses and for detecting emerging viruses with pandemic potential early. The novel flu outbreak presents new challenges for animal and human health experts, the group wrote. They said their institution, the College of Veterinary Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, is establishing a surveillance system for pigs and birds to identify novel flu viruses circulating in Mexico. “This effort prioritizes the use of genetic distinctness as a marker for the detection of novel viruses that could lead to influenza pandemics,” they wrote. Nava GM, Attene-Ramos MS, Ang JK, et al. Origins of the new influenza A (H1N1) virus: time to take action. Eurosurveillance 2009 Jun 4;14(22): [Full text]last_img read more

Michelin awards given to Croatian restaurants

first_imgThe Michelin guide for 2019 includes a total 63 restaurants from all over Croatia, and you can see the list of all Croatian restaurants included in the Michelin guide for 2019 HERE METRO has been a long-term global partner of Michelin guides and a Michelin partner for Croatia since 2017 with the Croatian National Tourist Board “This partnership confirms our desire to be the preferred partner of the HoReCa sector through the professional support it needs and deserves. We will continue to work with our HoReCa partners in order to develop together and further increase the quality of Croatian gastronomy through the offer of international and local ingredients. Given that restaurants want to create their menus using locally produced ingredients, we especially focus on developing our offer in cooperation with Croatian producers.” said Thierry Guillon-Verne, President of the Management Board of METRO Cash & Carry Croatia. And in the selected group of Michelin-starred restaurants this year, the following restaurants are included: Monte from Rovinj, Pilgrims from Šibenik and 360 º from Dubrovnik and Lovran Draga di Lovrana and Zagreb Christmas, who for the first time deserved this prestigious recognition.  center_img Last night, for the first time, Zagreb hosted the Michelin Award ceremony for Croatian restaurants. With more than 100 years of experience in restaurant selection, the Michelin Guide is today an international reference for fine dining.last_img read more

West Ham launch £10m bid for Arsenal target Alexis Claude-Maurice

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 6 Jun 2019 10:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal are also said to be interested in Claude-Maurice (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has also been looking for Matteo Guendouzi to help convince Claude-Maurice that his future lies at the Emirates as the midfielder played alongside him at Lorient.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Arsenal now look to be in danger of missing out on the versatile attacker after West Ham firmed up their interest with an official offer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityManuel Pellegrini is looking to assemble a squad capable of finishing higher than last season’s 10th place in the Premier League and is eager to get his business done early.The Hammers have already signed two goalkeepers with Roberto and David Martin both joining on free transfers while the club have also launched a bid for Barcelona’s Andre Gomes.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement West Ham have made a move for FC Lorient star Alexis Claude-Maurice (Picture: Getty)West Ham appear to have stolen a march on Premier League rivals Arsenal in the pursuit of FC Lorient striker Alexis Claude-Maurice by submitting a £10m bid for him.The 21-year-old forward is expected to leave Lorient this summer following their failure to seal promotion to Ligue 1 and has been tipped to move to England with newly-promoted Norwich City also interested.Claude-Maurice, who is a France Under-20 international, netted 14 goals in 35 league matches last season and has also been linked with Monaco, Lille and Frankfurt.Arsenal, operating under a strict transfer budget of around £40m this summer, were reported to have put together a £9m deal for Claude-Maurice last month.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement West Ham launch £10m bid for Arsenal target Alexis Claude-Mauricelast_img read more

Queensland’s highest house sale

first_img518 Noosa Springs Drive. Picture:’S highest residential property sale last week involved the transaction of a Noosa Springs home, according to CoreLogic data. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom Paul Clout-deigned house at 518 Noosa Springs Drive sold for $3.35 million. It was built overlooking a lake in 2012 and has won four industry awards, including Sunshine Coast Home of the Year.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoCraig Brumby, principal of ONEnoosa, said the sellers weren’t moving far. “They are semi-retired business people and travel extensively so will remain within the area and are planning to build a smaller home on some land they’ve got 100m away,” Mr Brumby said. The buyers are a family from Sydney, according to Mr Brumby.“They run an international business and they have a base in the States and also in Sydney but were looking for a nice place to call home in Noosa where they can play golf and enjoy family time together, “Mr Brumby said. The 1360sq m north-facing allotment with 180 degree views of Noosa Springs Golf Course also has a 24m lakefront pool, buggy garage, and lockup storeroom. Extras include a staffed security gate, access to the 18 hole championship golf course, use of a commercial gym, and tennis club membership.last_img read more

Norman Park home packs a punch with all the extras

first_imgThe home comes with a private jetty on Norman Creek.The property is a short walk to express bus and CityCat services and 10 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. The home at 33 Bodalla St, Norman Park will go to auction on October 19 at 12.30pm. The home at 33 Bodalla St, Norman Park.Private jetty, poolside entertaining, city views and a huge block close to the Brisbane River — this three-storey home ticks all the boxes. The five-bedroom home at 33 Bodalla St, Norman Park, is on 1062sq m parcel of land backing on to Norman Creek. Marketing agent Paula Pearce said the home was designed with modern family living in mind. The open-plan living area opens to the back deck.“The flawless residence provides an idyllic entertainer’s sanctuary of contemporary style and quality,” she said. On the ground floor there is garage parking, laundry, bathroom and games room. The hub of the home is on the second floor and includes the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with bi-fold doors opening to the covered deck. 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 investorless than 1 hour ago The master suite includes a private balcony.The kitchen has stainless steel appointments, stylish cabinetry, stone benchtops and a butler’s pantry. There is also a media room on this level and two bedrooms, family bathroom and a walk-in linen closet. On the top floor, the master retreat has a private balcony, walk-in robe and ensuite with dual basins, double shower, bathtub and separate toilet. Entertain in style in the poolside dining space.The two remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and there is a fourth bathroom. Outside there is an in-ground saltwater pool and alfresco dining area complete with spa. The established lawns and gardens are low maintenance at the bottom of the yard there is a private jetty on Norman Creek. last_img read more

Netherlands roundup: Funding recovers from fourth-quarter falls

first_imgMercer said this had caused liabilities to drop by approximately 1% on average.Aon highlighted that the funding level of a number of pension schemes was still short of the required minimum of 104.3%, indicating that the risk of benefit cuts next year still existed.This applied in particular to the large metal and engineering sector schemes PME and PMT, whose funding still stood at 100.9% and 102%, respectively, at January-end.At the same time, the coverage ratio of civil service scheme ABP and healthcare pension fund PFZW was 103.1% and 101%, respectively.These pension funds face cuts in 2021 if their funding is still short of the required minimum at 2020-end.Mercer added that developed markets equity without currency hedging rose 3.8% in January, whereas the gain under a 50% currency cover would have been 3.6%.Emerging market equity generated 1%, while commodities produced 1.8%, Mercer said.Aon reported that fixed income portfolios returned 0.7% on average during January, and overall investment portfolios gained a similar amount.Despite the mark gains, Mercer warned of the potential impact of geopolitical tensions between India and Pakistan and the lack of an agreement between the US and North Korea.Research network Netspar widens scopeNetspar, the Dutch think tank specialising in pensions, ageing and retirement, is to widen its scope to cover non-financial subjects.Presenting a new four-year research period, Casper van Ewijk and Marike Knoef, Netspar’s co-directors, said it would also look at pensions communication, behaviour of pension savers, technology, and sustainability of pension arrangements.As a consequence of the broadened research agenda, Netspar is to increase its co-operation with other disciplines, including sociology, psychology, epidemiology, communication and legal sciences, said Knoef, who is also professor of micro-economics at Leiden University.“Research into the life cycle, combined with care and housing needs and saving behaviour, is also useful for asset managers, care insurers and banks,” said Van Ewijk, a professor of economics at Amsterdam University.He highlighted that income after retirement would remain the core of Netspar’s research activities.“When we examine care needs, we focus on costs relative to income,” he said.Netspar not only had links with almost all Dutch universities, Knoef said, but also maintained an international science network.“We could quickly find out how, for example, paying of a lump sum at retirement or auto-enrolment works elsewhere, and what the experiences are,” she said.Netspar’s partners include the large asset managers APG and PGGM, insurers Aegon and ASR, and regulators DNB and AFM.The network is also supported by the ministry for social affairs, trade unions and employers. The financial position of Dutch pension funds has largely recovered from the market falls at the end of 2018, according to Mercer and Aon Hewitt.The consultancy firms found that schemes’ coverage ratios rose by 2 percentage points on average in the first two months of 2019 to stand at 108%, largely due to rising equity markets and higher interest rates.Both consultants attributed the improvement in particular to the expectation that the US and China would soon conclude a trade agreement and better than expected growth figures from the US economy.After four consecutive months of falls in the 30-year swap rate – pension funds’ most important criterion for discounting liabilities – it rose by 7bps to 1.3% in February.last_img read more

NYC’s summer day camp commences today

first_img 10 Views   no discussions LocalNews NYC’s summer day camp commences today by: – July 23, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share The National Youth Council of Dominica, (NCY) will from today, July 23rd, commence its annual Summer Day Camp, “Youth Who Recycle”.The camp is geared at educating participants in the age group 7 – 13 years old.This year, participants will be lectured on the importance of recycling by creating crafts out of recyclable materials, field trips, sleepovers and lots more. The camp will be held from daily from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m at the Harlem Plaza in Newtown and will climax on Friday 03rd August, 2012.Registration cost is $40.00 per child (and groups of 2 or more get a discounted price). For registration and or assistance please contact the Camp Coordinator, Ms. Rocque at 277 3381 / 615 6090 or the office of the National Youth Council of Dominica at 448 6944 / 245 5865 or email NYC would like to thank LIME Dominica, The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation, Mr. Bobby Frederick ( Harlem Plaza), Mr. Frankie Bellot/ Krazy Tees and the National Bank of Dominica for its generous contributions towards its Summer Camp, 2012.Press releaselast_img read more

DOLE: 10 million workers could lose jobs due to COVID-19 crisis

first_imgMANILA – Around 10 million Filipino workers could lose their jobs due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.  The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) chief initially estimated that four to five million will be jobless as the pandemic continues to grapple the country.“Karamihan po ‘yan sa service sector. Malaki po ang tourism, ‘yung allied businesses like restaurants, then transportation,” he added.Despite the expected huge job losses in the country, Bello said they are expanding its Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or TUPAD program to assist those who will lose their jobs.He also said that the government is bent on resuming pending infrastructure projects that can give jobs to those who will be jobless. The DOLE have also requested P40 billion from the House of Representatives for its recovery programs.“We have talked to the leaders of the construction industry that when they start implementing these contracts, they should increase their workers by 10 percent to 20 percent,” said Bello.The national government imposed enhanced community quarantine in the country last March 16, which included strict stay-at-home orders and suspension of on-site work operations to further avert the spread of the virus.DOLE continues to provide cash subsidy to informal workers affected by the quarantine through its COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program, where each worker will receive a P5,000 financial assistance./PN This was the assertion of Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III, saying that around 2.6 million workers have already lost their jobs due to the temporary closure of businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.“I say it but it’s possible,” said Bello during the Senate Committee of the Whole hearing.last_img read more

BIS Prepares For Winterfest Carnival, Requests Volunteers

first_imgThe PTO Winter Carnival is the primary fundraiser for the Batesville Intermediate School. (Image: Facebook)Balloons and clown shoes are coming to Batesville Intermediate School. The school PTO will host a family fun carnival on Saturday Jan., 18, from 1-4p.m. The Winterfest Carnival is the primary fundraiser for the school.It is planned as a day of fun for both BIS students and their families.The afternoon will feature different games like football toss, duck ponds, penguin fling, plinko, balloon Darts, face painting, jail cell and others.The PTO has also incorporated some physical challenges as well. Food will also be available. There will be snow cones, cotton candy popcorn, water and orange drink.Everything is purchased with tickets by contacting PTO President Mari Mause at 212-1527. Tickets are 50 cents each and will also be available at the door.The funds raised by the Winterfest Carnival will be used to support students at Batesville Intermediate School. Money will help fund classroom field trips, teacher allotments, End of Year Grade 5 Celebration, Principal’s Century Club and many other student activities. The PTO also provides funding for field trip busing and other classroom support.“Teachers pay for lots of classroom supplies out of their own pockets,” BIS PTO President Mari Mause said. “The PTO does not provide enough money to teachers for ALL supplies, but we try to help as much as we can.”It takes a lot of people to help make the carnival a success. Volunteers are always needed to operate games, cleanup, set-up, food sales and preparation. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Mari Mause if they can come and help with the carnival.“It doesn’t have to be for the entire time, we appreciate any time you can volunteer,” Mause said.“The PTO appreciates your support of our students and staff at Batesville Intermediate School and hope you families will join us for the Winterfest Carnival,” she added.If you would like further information or can volunteer, please contact: Mari Mause at 812-212-1527.last_img read more