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Insiders optimistic about European solar growth

first_imgInsiders optimistic about European solar growth FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):European solar power developers can look forward to a golden age in the coming years, with supportive trade policies and a new regulatory framework potentially doubling new installations of photovoltaic capacity in 2019 and 2020, according to industry insiders.“We are looking forward to a real bright future,” Christian Westermeier, vice president of sales, marketing and application engineering at German polysilicon producer Wacker Chemie AG and president of industry association SolarPower Europe, said at the group’s annual conference in Brussels on March 6.The industry group predicts solar growth in the European Union to almost double over the next two years, with approximately 30 GW in new capacity additions, compared to 14 GW added in 2017 and 2018. Under a central outlook scenario, it forecasts 13.5 GW to be added this year and 16.8 GW in 2020, with a range of almost 20 GW between its low and high scenarios for each year. The central scenario would boost solar PV capacity across the EU’s 28-member states to 145 GW by the end of 2020.Last year, solar additions in the EU rose by 36% to 8 GW after two years of 6-GW growth, while global solar installations increased by around 5% to 104 GW against 99 GW in 2017, according to the association. Analysts have argued that higher renewable energy targets in many member states could lead annual additions across the EU to reach 30 GW by 2022.More than 4 GW of PPAs for subsidy-free solar projects have already been announced in Europe, with the majority located in Spain, according to Pietro Radoia, a solar analyst at market researcher Bloomberg NEF. The forecaster estimates that 75% of new installations will come online in just five countries over the next few years — Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.“There is a huge demand for PPAs,” said Andrea Panizzo, head of business development for Europe and the Middle East at Enel Green Power, the renewable energy subsidiary of Italian utility Enel SpA. Panizzo said companies’ appetite for renewable power was also driven by more than just the need to burnish their sustainability credentials. “A company looking for a PPA for renewables doesn’t just want to slap a green label on a can of beer. They want to save money. And signing a PPA for solar in Spain now could save them a lot of money” based on rising power price forecasts, he said.More ($): European solar sector faces ‘bright future’ with doubling growth by 2020last_img read more

Jaguars TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins bids farewell to Jacksonville with cryptic tweets

first_imgAustin Seferian-Jenkins’ time with the Jaguars appears over after one season.Or maybe not. NFL says player concussions in 2018 regular season fell 29 percent The tight end raised eyebrows with a tweet Thursday seemingly thanking the city of Jacksonville and Jaguars fans.”Appreciate the time Jax! It wasn’t what we wanted! But I’m happy y’all supported me and my teammates! Next chapter,” the tweet read. Related News Drew Lock reportedly asked about ‘disciplinary snag’ from 9th grade during interview with NFL teamcenter_img Thanks Rich lol so if I finished the deal would it of been 2 and done? https://t.co/5gyuLUe25Y— A. Seferian-Jenkins (@Aesj88) January 24, 2019It’s hard to imagine how this could get any more awkward.Seferian-Jenkins signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Jaguars in June 2018. He missed all but five games last season with a core muscle injury, catching 11 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. Jacksonville is the 26-year-old tight end’s third NFL stop, following stints with the Jets and Buccaneers. Appreciate the time Jax! It wasn’t what we wanted! But I’m happy y’all supported me and my teammates! Next chapter— A. Seferian-Jenkins (@Aesj88) January 24, 2019However, Jaguars spokesperson Tad Dickman quickly responded with a tweet noting, “The team HAS NOT made a decision on his 2019 option. Any reports to the contrary are false.” The team has until Feb. 19 to decided whether to pick up the option on Seferian-Jenkins.Regarding TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins’s roster status with the @Jaguars:The club has until Feb. 19 to make a decision on his 2019 option, which would be the 2nd season of a 2-year deal.The team HAS NOT made a decision on his 2019 option. Any reports to the contrary are false.— Tad Dickman (@TDickman89) January 24, 2019That tweet prompted a response from Jenkins. In a reply to ESPN writer Rich Cimini in which he alluded to Seferian-Jenkins being one and done in Jacksonville, he stepped back his initial tweet a bit.”Thanks Rich lol so if I finished the deal would it of been 2 and done?”last_img read more

Who will win Women’s World Cup 2019? Updated odds entering quarterfinals

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match Host France is sitting close behind the U.S. at 4/1 odds to win it all. If the Les Bleues advance past the next two rounds and win the finals, they would earn their first major international trophy.  Related News The defending champion Americans are still the favorites entering the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup after coming out of the round of 16 with a close 2-1 win against Spain.The U.S., however, will have to advance past a challenging France team in the quarterfinals Friday (3 p.m. ET, Fox) to have a chance at winning the finals.  “I hope it’s huge and crazy. That’s what it should be. This is the best game, this is what everybody wanted,” U.S. co-captain Megan Rapinoe said ahead of Friday’s match. “Seems like they’re up for it. (The media) of course is up for it, and all the fans. Maybe it’ll be a pretty even split between the fans in the stadium.” Germany is another team that could take the title from the U.S. The Germans enter the quarterfinals at 9/2 and face Sweden on Saturday. Germany won the European Championships six consecutive times (dating back to 1995) before the Netherlands claimed the championship in 2017. Women’s World Cup 2019 updated oddsTeamOddsUSA1/1France4/1Germany9/2England7/1Netherlands8/1Sweden20/1Italy25/1Norway25/1*Odds updated June 27 and provided by sportsbook.ag.last_img read more

Who is the Winner of the Bentbaša Diving Competition?

first_imgAt the International Diving Competition Bentbaša Sarajevo 2016, held yesterday at 4 pm, the victory went to Aleksandar Aleksić from Užice, Serbia.Aleksić was the best in the competition of 18 divers from Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia and BiH who dived from the diving board set at the height of 16 meters.“To win in such an ambient and in such category is truly a big thing. I am really happy,” said Aleksić, praising the organization of the competition.After a terrible accident at the diving competition in Zvornik, organizers of the Bentbaša Diving Competition paid even more attention to the safety aspects of the diving competition.Judging by results and general impressions, they succeeded, because the competition was very successful.(Source: klix.ba/photo: novi.ba)last_img read more

Next Africa Cup of Nations to be played at start of year, say hosts Cameroon

first_imgFILE PHOTO: When Cameroon won AFCON. They plan to host the next edition in January next year.Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP |  The Africa Cup of Nations will revert to its former time slot of January and February for the next edition in 2021, hosts Cameroon said on Wednesday.The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) revealed that the tournament will be played from January 9 to February 6, 2021, on their request due to concerns about the weather. The tournament was moved to a June-July slot for last year’s first 24-team edition in Egypt, in large part to avoid clashing with the European club season.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Watch: Eddie Gallagher’s First Interview Since ‘War Crimes’ Acquittal

first_imgNavy SEAL Edward “Eddie” Gallagher joined “Fox & Friends” Wednesday for his first interview since he was found not guilty of murder and attempted murder in the killing of a teenage ISIS fighter.The 40-year-old was accompanied by his wife, Andrea, and attorney Tim Parlatore.Gallagher, who was accused of fatally stabbing a 15-year-old ISIS member and taking pictures with the corpse in 2017, told Pete Hegseth he was “grateful to those who supported him through the process, including fellow service members, President Trump, and Republican Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Ralph Norman.”In the interview, he addressed how numerous media outlets described as an accused war criminal.“I believe they tried to frame me as a criminal from the get-go,” said Gallagher. “But we knew the truth the whole time; we knew I was innocent of these charges.”Gallagher said he overcame it by “having my strong wife with me the whole time and my legal team fighting for me.”Gallagher faced a total of seven criminal charges.Tuesday, a San Diego jury found him not guilty of six of seven charges including premeditated murder, willfully discharging a firearm to endanger human life, retaliation against members of his platoon for reporting his alleged actions, obstruction of justice and the attempted murders of two noncombatants.Jurors found Gallagher guilty of the seventh charge, posing for a photo with a casualty, which carries a maximum prison sentence of four months.Gallagher was released on time served.During the trial, jaws-dropped when another sailor confessed to killing the ISIS fighter by asphyxiation.The revelation contradicted the testimony of at least several  SEALs who said Gallagher stabbed the ISIS teenager.Gallagher said a small group of SEALs “concocted” the accusations against him, arguing they do not represent the SEAL community as a whole.“I want the nation to know this is not what our community is about, said Gallagher. “This community is full of elite warriors that I have been honored and blessed to work with for the past 20 years.”last_img read more

SA win World Masters Surfing title

first_img7 April 2008 Team South Africa continued its reign as the undisputed champions of world masters surfing by trumping the world’s best 35-years-and-older surfers to win the overall team crown at the 2008 ISA World Surfing Championships in perfect point break waves at Punta Rocas in Peru at the weekend. Led by individual gold medalists Heather Clark (Masters Women), Marc Wright (Kahunas) and Chris Knutsen (Grand Kahunas), South Africa blew away the competition to take their second consecutive team world championship. They topped the standings with 10 500 points, 1 100 ahead of Australia in second, with Brazil, on 9 041, finishing in third, and hosts Peru rounding out the top four with 8 766 points. Saturday’s final day of competition offered solid one-to-1.5-metre waves for the “Masters Olympics of Surfing”. Former World Championship Tour surfer Heather Clark got the ball rolling for the South African team by blasting her way to victory over Peru’s Rocio Larranaga, Sandra English of Australia and Brigitte Mayer of Brazil in the final of the Masters Women’s (over-35) division. South Africa’s most decorated female surfer was in a league of her own; netting 15.83 points in the final to end the event with the four highest heat tallies and the five highest single ride scores in the women’s event. “I’m absolutely ecstatic,” Clark said. “In 2003 I was in contention for the title on the World Tour, so it’s always been my dream to win a world title. I’m over the moon.” Chris Knutsen was the next winner for South Africa, mixing his trademark rail carves with a radical forehand approach to defeat Peru’s Paco Del Castillo, Australia’s Frank Hayter and Puerto Rico’s Rene Gonzalez in the Grand Kahunas (over-50) division. Knutsen was crowned Kahunas (over-45) world champion in Puerto Rico last year and followed that up with the gold medal in the Grand Kahunas this year. Durban’s Marc Wright completed the South Africa trifecta by snatching a last minute victory over fellow countrymen Nick Pike to nab gold in the Kahunas (over-45) division. Sitting in second place with a minute remaining in the 30-minute final, Wright snared a wave set and produced a series of classy frontside manoeuvres to post a heat-winning 8.33. Pike took the silver with Punta Rocas’ local Jorge Posso getting bronze and Australia’s Rod Baldwin the copper. 1988 Pipeline Masters champion Rob Page of Australia rekindled his competitive surfing career by reaching the finals of both the Grand Masters and Masters divisions. In the Grand Masters, the Wollongong charger out-pointed Peru’s Magoo De La Rosa, Brazil’s Jo Jo Olivenca and South Africa’s Andre Malherbe to capture gold. Puerto Rico’s Juan Ashton was the only Latin America title winner, netting his second successive Masters’ title. He scored a sensational 17.50 out of 20 – the highest score of the day – to defeat Ricardo Toledo of and the Australian pair of Rob Page and Jay Sharpe in the only final that did not feature a South African competitor. ISA President Fernando Aguerre awarded the surfers their medals in the event’s closing ceremony. He was ecstatic about the success of this international event stating. “I would like to thank the Peruvian people and the Peruvian Surfing Federation for welcoming us with open arms,” he said. “The 160 visitors will be leaving the country with a Peruvian warmth tattooed in our hearts; we are new ambassadors for Peru. The proverbial fountain of youth is closer than we might think: It’s the waves of the world…We don’t stop surfing because we get old, we get old because we stop surfing…So don’t stop!” The location of the 2009 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships has not yet been chosen but locations in South Africa and Brazil are in the running. Source: Surfing South Africa  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA post-production of US TV series ‘first-rate’

first_img18 March 2014 Johannesburg post-production company Refinery provided “first rate post-production and delivery items” in its work on American TV series SAF3, according to supervising producer Michael Murphey. Made by Baywatch creator Gregory J Bonann, SAF3 is currently screening in the United States after shooting wrapped in Cape Town in December last year. The TV series stars action star Dolph Lundgren, Dancing With The Stars winner JR Martinez and The Bold and The Beautiful’s Texas Battle. South African channel e.tv will screen the series later this year, says the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF). “I’m very proud of the fact that we were the first major international TV series to post entirely in South Africa and to make our international deliveries from here as well,” Murphey, the founder of Cape Town-based production company Kalahari Pictures, told the NFVF last week. “Our international delivery items [formatting copies for broadcast on TV, DVDs or film] were first-rate and saved the production a great deal over what it would have cost us in the US or Europe.” Refinery set up a satellite post facility at Cotton Mill Studios in Epping, Cape Town to manage all post-production on SAF3, which they delivered to 23 countries around the world. The company handled the dailies (footage from the day’s shoot), editorial, visual effects and sound editing at the studios, with sound studio Area 5.1 handling the sound and Refinery the deliveries from Johannesburg. This was a first for an international television series of this scale. The post-production and visual effects company is no stranger to working on international series, having handled the dailies transfers on the Emmy-winning Generation Kill; the additional dialogue required for the Emmy-nominated No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency; the visual effects on two seasons of the Kidscreen winner Leonardo; the dailies on three seasons of the Emmy-nominated Strike Back; and the audio post-production on the award-winning animated South African/Canadian co-production Magic Cellar. Murphey praised the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) foreign film and television production scheme and post-production incentive, which now offers productions shot in South Africa an additional 2.5% rebate if they spend over R1.5-million on post-production locally and an additional 5% if they spend over R3-million. SAF3 is the largest project to benefit from the post-production incentive so far. “The DTI post-production rebate of an extra 5% helped seal the deal to bring SAF3 to South Africa,” Murphey told the NFVF. “Australia, New Zealand and the US just couldn’t compete.” “The rebate was the tipping point,” Refinery managing director Tracey Williams said. “It always comes down to economics, and when you add the weak rand, it just makes financial sense to keep your post-production in South Africa now.” Williams said the tight timeline also counted in Refinery’s favour. “We had two weeks to ship everything in, get the equipment installed, and be ready to start. Then we had three weeks to our first transmission date. It would have been very difficult to turn the show around this quickly with an international facility.” She said setting up a temporary facility was “the way of the future; I’d do that again tomorrow.” From a time and cost-efficiency perspective, Williams said they particularly benefited from having the automated dialogue replacement facilities (for re-recording dialogue affected by sound problems) right where the cast was filming, “as well as from having Cyril Schumann as a dedicated visual effects artist on Flame” (a 3D visual effects software programme). “Flame’s not a typical TV tool, but we knew Cyril would turn around the effects really quickly on it,” Williams said. “The visual effects turned out to be one of the big savings on the series.” According to the NFVF, South Africa has been hosting a steady stream of international TV series, with Black Sails and Dominion currently filming in Cape Town. Williams said this presented an opportunity for the South African post-production industry. “On SAF3, we had 14 people employed full-time for six months,” she said. “Features come and go, but a successful TV series like Black Sails will keep coming back every year. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be keeping the post-production in South Africa for TV series like that, so it’s a major growth opportunity for the sector.” SAinfo reporter and National Film and Video Foundationlast_img read more

Ohio dairy farmers get firsthand look at new robotic milker

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hill’s Supply, Inc., of Canal Fulton, is hosting several Ohio and Pennsylvania dairy farmers this week at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. One of the highlights is the introduction of the new DeLaval VMS V300 robotic milking system for the first time in North America.Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more on the event and the machine in this video.Mick Heiby, salesperson with Hill’s Supply, talked about what he hoped for the dairy farmers along on the ride to be able to see. Audio Playerhttp://ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/180910_MickHeiby_HillsSupply_FullInterview.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Fanit Uses Sets Gameplay to Music

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#music#Recommendation Engines#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout curt hopkins Fanit is another start-up that has discovered the gospel of game play and is using it to promote their music recommendation experience. Fans support their favorite artists and bands by purchasing badges. 100% of the money for the badges go to the artists, according to the company’s PR representative. As the fan purchases badges and engages in recommendation actions, they earn “rank.” That rank gives the fan a chance at “superfan” status and, according to the company, creates opportunities for interactions with the listener’s favorite musicians. “Music fans can now be forever recognized for when they discover great music. As they prove their status as a fan they earn rank, which is used to show artists who the biggest fans really are. Fanit turns the anonymous music listener into an active participant in their favorite music.”The southern California-based company is led by Jason Schultz, of Ambistia business incubation lab.Fanit launched in preview mode at last month’s Coachella music festival in 2010. After this preview, reflecting user input, the interface was updated the game mechanics were refined and it has now relaunched. Fanit fans can elect to follow other fans and get their list of promoted music and bands.With its emphasis on recommendation versus in-site play (although there are samples you can listen to) it resembles another site we recently wrote about, Bee.tv. The implied dialogue between musician and fan as well as between fan and fan adds an extra dimension that other music recommendation services, like Pandora and Last.fm, lack. Whether the implied becomes actual might make the difference between a good idea and a popular service. last_img read more