Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Finance and Policy BRICS 22750442 – nuclear power plant by night South Africa involved in two nuclear-related developments coinciding on two different continents this week. The Deputy Minister of Energy, Ambassador Thembisile Majola, is leading the South African delegation to the 61st Session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference in Vienna, this week.Coinciding with the conference, South African President Jacob Zuma signed the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in New York.Zuma signs nuclear treatyThe South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), issued a statement expressing their support of Zuma entering the country into a United Nations alliance of over 40 countries banning the use of nuclear weapons.Group Necsa CEO, Phumzile Tshelane, said: “The African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty, also known as the Treaty of Pelindaba established a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Africa.“The treaty was signed in 1996 and came into effect with the 28th ratification on 15 July 2009. This signing in New York marks a continuation of South Africa’s commitment to maintaining a nuclear weapon free zone.”South Africa remains the one and only country that has ever voluntarily disbanded its nuclear weapons programme, which the government did towards the end of apartheid.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)In Vienna, the IAEA conference has considered, among others, resolutions reflecting on the progress made since the previous General Conference.The Department of Energy (DoE) noted: “With a particular focus on how Nuclear Science is used to assist States to attain their national and regional development goals; measures to strengthen the safety and security of nuclear facilities and radioactive material; as well as efforts to ensure that States’ nuclear material are only utilised for peaceful purposes.” Read more…In her address to the Conference, Majola used the opportunity to congratulate the IAEA for its continuous efforts in assisting Member States to use Nuclear Science and Technology for their socio-economic development, the DoE said in a statement.The Deputy Minister particularly applauded the IAEA for its efforts through the Technical Cooperation Programme in applying the latest techniques in nuclear science to mitigate the effects of diseases that affect wildlife, livestock and humans.In this context Deputy Minister Majola congratulated the IAEA for the ongoing project to renovate its Nuclear Application Laboratories which are based in Seibersdorf.Through these laboratories the IAEA offers advance training, research and development opportunities to scientists and experts particularly from the developing countries.Key takeawaysOne of the key outcomes of the Conference was the affirmation of the central role nuclear energy plays in enhancing global energy capacity.The Conference highlighted amongst others, the trend which demonstrates the increasing number of countries that are utilising nuclear power to diversify their energy mix.For example, the IAEA in its report entitled “International Status and Prospects for Nuclear Power 2017”, illustrated that the worldwide demand for nuclear power is on a positive trajectory with 447 nuclear power reactors operational in 30 countries, and 60 under construction in 15 countries.The DoE added that Majola met with the Minister of Mines and Energy of Namibia to discuss issues of mutual interest between the two countries. Featured image: Stock UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleUSTDA empowers energy storage system project in South AfricaNext articleCabo Verde seeks Expressions of Interest for Wave2O Project Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector
Huub Cornelissen, Director Energy at FMO, added: “Lumos offers a unique solution for millions of people living with no access to the electricity grid. We support companies, like Lumos, that power developing economies, promote the transition to a low-carbon system and achieve prosperity at scale. Lumos delivers on all three goals and their next phase of growth in Côte d’Ivoire will bring immeasurable benefits to local people in the hardest to reach communities.” Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Read more about:Solar powerCôte d’Ivoire Generation Solar home systems offer a unique power solution to a global market of more than two billion people. Currently, there are 740 million people with poor or no access to the electricity grid in sub-Saharan Africa. The new funding will enable Lumos to produce tens of thousands of solar home systems to grow its existing customer base and meet fast-growing demand from homes and businesses across the country. Approximately 9 million people (33% of the population) in Côte d’Ivoire live without access to the grid. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Solar home system provider, Lumos, has secured new funding from Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, FMO, to expand its provision of solar home systems in Côte d’Ivoire. TAGSCôte d’Ivoiresolar power Previous articleWorld Bank programme to enable electricity trade in West AfricaNext articleIs blockchain the enabler of cross-border energy trading? Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Image credit: Lumos Finance and Policy It is estimated that 200,000 people will benefit from access to energy through the distribution solar home systems. The solar technology will enable people to switch from dangerous, expensive kerosene lanterns to reliable, clean energy, contributing to economic growth and sustainable development in the West African country. BRICS Renee Comoe Seka, CEO at Lumos Côte d’Ivoire, commented: “Access to reliable energy is critical for economic growth. The new funding from FMO will enable hundreds of thousands of people to benefit from reliable, sustainable and affordable energy. FMO is a pioneering institution and shares our commitment to harness the market demand and lift people out of poverty. Our joint ambition is to provide power for everyone.” UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development
iStock(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — At least three people were wounded in a shooting at an apartment building in downtown Vancouver, Washington.Two of those shot are in critical condition, according to Portland ABC affiliate KATU-TV.Police have massed at Smith Tower, where shots were fired in the lobby of the building, authorities said.The shooter is now holed up in his apartment in the building, with police trying to get him to surrender, police said.PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver confirmed to ABC News it received two patients.Vancouver is just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The city continued to collect the tax by passing a second version of the law, which also came under fire because of how it determined who must pay it. ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Allentown will change how it collects its emergency and municipal services tax next year, allowing it to be paid a little at a time, and will no longer count investment income toward the minimum earnings threshold. City Council unanimously approved the changes Wednesday to bring the city s law in line with the latest state law that authorizes the tax. The law said anyone earning less than $12,000 a year, based on total income from all sources, would be exempt. That meant all income, including investment earnings, would be considered. It addresses a number of the issues that various people were upset about, Finance Director Larry Hilliard said. The first version of the law was thrown out by a Lehigh County judge because it lacked required legal language. Several people complained about having their investment income counted, arguing that the intention of the state law was to tax only workers, based on their earned income. The tax used to be deducted all at once, often from one of employees first paychecks of the year. That also was criticized as unfair to people working part time or not earning a lot of money, because it substantially decreased one check. The tax also was renamed the local services tax. The tax raises more than $2 million a year, which city officials say otherwise would have to come from other sources, such as property taxes. Hilliard said about 20 people had to pay the tax this year because investment earnings put them over the limit. The law also for the first time exempts military reservists called to active duty during the year and veterans who served in a war or armed conflict, were discharged honorably, and were disabled during their service. The updated law approved Wednesday says people are exempt if their total earned income and net profits from businesses total less than $12,000. This is the third version of the law since Allentown started collecting the annual $52 tax last year. Like other cities, Allentown charges the tax to people who work in town for the cost of providing public services to them. The new law requires the $52 to be deducted on a prorated basis determined by the number of pay periods during the year. An employee who is paid weekly would have $1 deducted. An employee paid every other week would have $2 deducted.Hilliard said all of the changes mirror those approved by the state Legislature earlier this year, at the recommendation of state Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh.
View Comments Alexander Hanson(Photo provided by the National Theatre) West End stars Alexander Hanson and Joanna Riding will take on the roles of Ben Stone and Sally Durant Plummer in the upcoming return run of the National Theatre’s Olivier-winning production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies. They take over for Philip Quast and Imelda Staunton, who originated the roles in the production. Dominic Cooke directs the musical, set to run from February 12 through April 6, 2019 at the Olivier Theatre.Hanson is an Olivier nominee for his turn in Trevor Nunn’s acclaimed staging of Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A Little Night Music. Hanson made his Broadway debut reprising that performance.Riding is a two-time Olivier winner for Carousel and My Fair Lady. She was also nominated for her turns in Guys and Dolls, The Witches of Eastwick and The Girls.They will be joined by original stars of Cooke’s staging, including Janie Dee as Phyllis Rogers Stone, Peter Forbes as Buddy Plummer and Tracie Bennett as Carlotta Campion, along with Julie Armstrong as Christine Donovan, Lindsay Atherton as Young Carlotta, Rosanna Bates as Young Emily, Jeremy Batt as Young Theodore, Billy Boyle as Theodore Whitman, Anouska Eaton as Young Deedee, Vanessa Fisher as Young Stella, Caroline Fitzgerald as Sandra Crane, Geraldine Fitzgerald as Solange LaFitte, Bruce Graham as Roscoe, Adrian Grove as Sam Deems, Harry Hepple as Young Buddy, Aimee Hodnett as Young Sandra, Dawn Hope as Stella Deems, Liz Izen as Deedee West, Alison Langer as Young Heidi, Sarah-Marie Maxwell as Young Solange, Ian McIntosh as Young Ben, Claire Moore as Hattie Walker, Gary Raymond as Dimitri Weismann, Rohan Richards as Kevin, Joanna Riding as Sally Durant Plummer, Lisa Ritchie as Young Hattie, Myra Sands as Emily Whitman, Gemma Sutton as Young Sally, Monica Swayne as Young Christine and Christine Tucker as Young Phyllis. Felicity Lott will play Heidi Schiller from February 22 until mid-April, after which Josephine Barstow will assume the role.The ensemble will include Kaye Brown, Liz Ewing, Alyn Hawke, Jasmine Kerr, Ian McLarnon, Tom Partridge, Michael Remick and Liam Wrate.The National’s Follies features Olivier-winning costume design by Vicki Mortimer, with choreography by Bill Deamer, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, additional orchestrations by Josh Clayton, musical director Nigel Lilley, lighting design by Paule Constable and sound designer by Paul Groothuis.Gear up for the London return of Follies with Tracie Bennett’s showstopping performance of “I’m Still Here” at the Olivier Awards ceremony.
Related Star Production SARL, the company behind the worldwide, fast-growing TriStar series of triathlons, has acquired Gran Fondo USA, the first American series of mass cycling events that has won the hearts of cyclists nationwide across the US.“Star Events is committed to delivering high-quality sports events, accessible to all levels of competition, and we are very excited about this entrance into the American Market,” said Georg Hochegger, CEO of Star Production SARL.“Gran Fondo USA is the leading company in mass cycling events in the US market, and offers an ideal platform to develop our cycling division, expanding the current focus of our company.”Gran Fondos, ‘Big Ride’ in Italian, are exciting long distance, mass rides not races that are immensely popular in Europe. Participation is open to recreational and competitive amateur cyclists and thousands of riders of all abilities participate.Just like in Italy, each Gran Fondo USA event includes a mass start, challenging routes, a consumer expo, well-stocked aid stations, mobile tech support, a VIP gala night, and a post-ride Italian lunch.Gran Fondo USA was founded in 2008 by Matteo Gerevini and Rob Klingensmith who launched operations in 2009 with Gran Fondo San Diego, the first Gran Fondo in the United States.“The success of our rides comes from our attention to detail and our strong commitment to the ‘Made in Italy’ theme,” said Gran Fondo co-founder Matteo Gerevini. “We are proud of this partnership with Star Production, which will bring our operations to a new level and enable us to expand the series to other major cities in the coming years.”The Gran Fondo USA 2011 season includes San Diego, which was completed in April, and upcoming rides in Los Angeles (June 26), Philadelphia (August 14), and Miami (November 20).Gran Fondo USA rides will now be a part of the StarTour series which introduces amateurs, who want to participate in quality events at great destinations, to the best cycling races from all over the world. These tours stimulate the local economy while offering unique travel opportunities to cyclists. The StarTour series offers an international portfolio of cycling, swimming and triathlon events that can be found all over Europe and now in the United States.The Star Events and StarTour label are owned by Star Production SARL, the Monaco based company specializing in the organisation of high-quality sports events focused on fun, social responsibility and environmental protection.www.star-events.cc www.granfondousa.com
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr 5 key numbers to consider.by. Brett ChristensenThis column is an excerpt from Brett Christensen’s article, “Measuring the Success of a Lending Operation” in the premium content section of the CU Lending Advice website.A few months ago I was consulting with a credit union on the East Coast. As I prepared to start a meeting in which I would discuss with management how to fix every lending problem they had, the CEO asked me an outstanding and thought-provoking question: “Brett,” he said, “how do you judge a successful lending operation?”So, here are some thoughts on key metrics you should be using to judge the success of your lending operation:1. Loan-to-Share Ratio.This is obviously the first ratio that I look at when I consider a credit union’s lending success. To be considered a good lender, I think your LTS ratio should be above the peer LTS ratio on your quarterly call report.When I see a LTS ratio at a credit union above 80 percent, I know that I have walked into a credit union that is focused on serving its members with loans. But I will caution that I have been to plenty of credit unions with LTS ratios at or over 100 percent, and they aren’t making any money. The problem is that their entire portfolio is in mortgages and indirect auto loans, two loan types that are very difficult to turn into an above-average return on assets. continue reading »
Oct 14, 2020 Top Stories The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society just published the Fall/Winter edition of its magazine, Historical Review, featuring a retrospective on “Bush v. Gore – 20 years ago.”“Full of historical photos taken at the height of the chaos surrounding the litigation in Florida regarding the 2000 Presidential election, this issue features articles from all perspectives on the Bush v. Gore controversy, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucy Morgan, Florida State University College of Law Professor Michael T. Morley, and five of the seven justices who were on the Supreme Court of Florida during Bush v. Gore,” said Editor Melanie Kalmanson. “Twenty years later, Bush v. Gore is now more relevant than ever as we face a potential repeat of history with the 2020 Presidential election.”The FSCHS’s Historical Review may be accessed here. Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s magazine looks back on Bush v. Gore