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IFC study sees significant opportunity for distributed solar in Myanmar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mizzima:A new IFC study shows there is significant potential for distributed solar solutions in the commercial and industrial sectors in Myanmar, presenting businesses an opportunity to bring down their power costs, as well as their climate impacts, according to a press release.The Myanmar Distributed Generation Scoping Study estimates there are more than 700 megawatts worth of potential commercial and industrial solar projects in the country, equivalent to around 10 percent of the existing electric power generating capacity in the country. And it says solar is now cost competitive with other sources of electricity for many commercial and industrial businesses, providing a viable addition to help diversify Myanmar’s sustainable energy mix.Myanmar needs to provide electricity to more than half of its population who are not connected to the national electricity grid and lack reliable electricity. Power outages are still common. Access to reliable electricity is a key challenge for businesses which are forced to rely on expensive costly, polluting backup diesel generators. The study found that businesses were getting an average of around 10 percent of their power from diesel due to frequent power cuts.“Clearly with Myanmar’s crucial energy needs, the country’s commercial and industrial businesses are looking for near-term solutions to their electricity challenges,” says Isabel Chatterton, IFC’s Asia Pacific Regional Industry Director for Infrastructure and Natural Resources.“ It is clear from our study that there is a big opportunity for businesses to look to solar to help provide sustainable power to meet their needs. Several commercial and industrial businesses are in a good position to take advantage of the fast-growing distributed solar generation sector through private sector-led solutions and financing. “Based on a survey of more than 50 factories, shopping centers and other sites throughout Myanmar, almost all consumers experienced grid interruptions, on average one to three times a day. The worst week in the year saw power blackouts of six to 10 hours. The study lays out the opportunity for the development of distributed solar projects, involving private solar solution providers and financiers.More: IFC study highlights potential for solar to help power businesses in Myanmar IFC study sees significant opportunity for distributed solar in Myanmarlast_img read more

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Raiders mailbag: Revisiting some criticisms and assessing the most pleasant surprise

first_imgALAMEDA — Besides fielding questions for the Raiders mailbag, I also had a few questions of my own, asking whether fans felt any better about quarterback Derek Carr, top draft pick Clelin Ferrell and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther in light of the club’s recent surge. All three have had some pointed criticism in this forum in recent weeks. I also asked what has been the most pleasant surprise in the 5-4 start.Her … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — November 15, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 11-15-17Clouds are on the increase this morning and we still expect to see some rain in here later this afernoon and evening. This system brings a few hundredths to .4” moisture to the state through midnight tonight. It will be somewhat spotty, with coverage at 70%, but many areas will be on the low end of the range. The best rains likely happen earlier in the afternoon back to our west in Indiana. Behind this front, breezy conditions are in tomorrow. Clouds may hold on longer due to strong northwest flow, but we at least get by with no new precipitation tomorrow.Our strong frontal complex is still on the way for the weekend. Clouds increase Friday afternoon and we see rains from Friday night through the day Saturday. They start light, but pick up intensity through Saturday and can lead to some pretty good totals. We are leaving rain totals at .25”-.75” over 90% of the state through sunset Saturday night. We can’t completely rule out some 1” totals on a localized basis.  The map above shows combined rains today through the weekend.Drier for Sunday and Monday, the same outlook we have been promoting for that period for the past few forecasts. However, we are making some changes for next week. We are going drier from Tuesday forward as the next system we had been projecting for arrival next Tuesday has shifted south. Moisture actually looks to get locked up to the south over the Lower Mississippi valley at midweek. So, we stay dry for Tuesday right on through the end of the week. But cold air looks more impressive now for Thanksgiving Day and on through the balance of the holiday weekend. A strong surface high comes out of Canada and parks right on top of the eastern US. This keeps moisture locked up well to the south, but puts temps below normal right on through the holiday weekend.In the extended period, we may see some of that moisture from the Deep South move into the OH valley late next Sunday as the cold core high starts to move off to the north and east. That looks to allow a more active pattern to gain ground again, with rains developing around Thursday the 30th. The rains will be under a half an inch and will favor the southern part of the state if things play out as we see them right now.Overall, the biggest headlines this morning are the potential for heavy rain still this weekend, drier weather next week, and a cold push for the holiday weekend.last_img read more

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Why You Need a Coach

first_imgThe best performing people in every human endeavor have coaches. This includes business leaders, athletes, artists, salespeople, and entrepreneurs. Here are some of the reasons you might need a coach and how they can help you grow faster.You need to clarify your values and beliefs. A good coach can help you identify what is most important to you. They can help you dig out your real purpose, that thing you should be doing that would create meaning in your life. They can also help you understand your own beliefs, the ones that empower you, and the ones that limit you. A coach can help you pay enough attention to your values and beliefs that you experience the exponential growth that comes from improving them.You can’t see your own blind spots. It can be very difficult to see the internal obstacles that are preventing you from reaching your goals, especially your beliefs. When you believe that something or someone is preventing you from reaching your goal, you disempower yourself, taking away your agency, your ability to act. A good coach can help you become aware of those blind spots and find new choices.You need to be reminded of your resourcefulness. You were born with the capacity to be creative. You are an idea-generation machine, one with the ability to bring its visions into reality. But it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget that you are a source of ideas. You were born with the ability to solve problems, but you sometimes need a nudge to restart that engine and identify solutions to your problems—and other people’s problems.You need someone to hold you accountable for new actions. Some people do better when they are held accountable for changing behaviors. The simple fact that they have to report on the activity they took on a regular basis is enough to drive them to action. Some people hold themselves to such a high standard in one area of their life that they don’t want anyone to ever ask them about their results. But these same people can struggle in another area. A coach can be that accountability where and when it is needed.You need to test your ideas. A good coach is a great listener. You might need someone to listen to you so that you can process your thinking. A coach with experience in the domain in which you are being coached can listen and act as a sounding board, helping you test your ideas, recognize risks, identify alternatives, and determine a course of action that works for you.You need help with your transformation. Transformation is the ultimate goal of coaching. It’s supposed to move you beyond where you are now and transform you into that better future you. A coach is someone who can help you create breakthrough results. They can help you transform, and they can help you make that transformation faster.If you aren’t being coached, you are probably not producing the results you are capable of. If you have the time and resources, it’s a worthwhile investment in your personal and professional growth.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup: Chile beats Australia 3-1

first_imgChile started well in its campaign in the FIFA World Cup.Chile started well in its campaign in the FIFA World Cup by defeating Australia 3-1 in their group B match here on Friday.Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez of Chile rightfooted a shot from the right side to the bottom right corner in the 12th minutes after receiving a head pass by Eduardo Vargas. Only two minutes later, Jorge Valdivia of Chile slammed another shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner, assisted by Sanchez, Xinhua reports.Australia gradually found its pace in the 35th minute when 34-year-old Tim Cahill from New York Red Bulls headed from the left side to the high centre of the goal.After a tensioned second half, Wigan’s Jean Beausejour leftfooted a shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner to add Chile’s third goal in added time. Full coverage: FIFA World Cup 2014 The Chilean side looked to have enjoyed a comfortable time in the first 30 minutes but the Socceroos then pulled back to make it a more balanced match by staging counter-attacks.Australia’s first-ever point in World Cup came in a 0-0 draw against Chile in June 1974. It remains the Socceroos’ only clean sheet in 10 World Cup matches. Australia have never beaten Chile in any competition, drawing the World Cup match and losing three other friendlies so far.Chile will face world champions Spain in the next match on Wednesday, who were thrashed by the Netherlands 5-1. While Australia will meet Holland.advertisement”In the first 15 minutes, we did a poor job and we trailed 2-0,” said Ange Postecoglou. “But we didn’t give up and tried to level the score. And we did have many chances.”On the fortune of Australia in the World Cup, Postecoglou said: “This is a tough group but we still have opportunities.”Jorge Sampaoli, coach of Chile, said: “The first 30 minutes are in our attacking rhythm. We had many chances. But then we slowed down a little bit and Australia was threatening with their counter strikes.”On Spain’s big loss to the Netherlands, Sampaoli said: “Spain also lost the first match to Switzerland in last World Cup.”Sanchez, the talisman of Chile, felt happy about the victory and thanked the support from fans to make them move forward.last_img read more

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Balhara, Jadhav beat all odds to win silver, bronze in kurash

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma(Eds: Updating with more details and quotes) Jakarta, Aug 28 (PTI) India’s Kurash contingent, which did not have money to even pay for its kits, has beaten all odds to land two medals at the Asian Games through teenagers Pincky Balhara and Malaprabha Yallappa Jadhav. How Balhara got to the Asian Games is a fascinating story. The team had to go to Uzbekistan for a 20-day training camp ahead of the Games and help came from his village. “People in my village pooled in Rs 1.75 lakh to send me to training camp. They all have supported me a lot. I am forever indebted to them,” a teary-eyed Balhara told PTI. Balhara, hailing from Neb Sarai village in Delhi, and Jadhav from Belgaum made history by winning the silver and bronze in the 52kg category. The sport is making its debut at the Asian Games. It is a remarkable effort from the girls in a sport that is almost unheard of in India. Questions were raised about the team’s participation at the Games and the Indian Olympic Association had said the athletes would have to pay for their kits as they come from a non-recognised Kurash Association of India (KAI). KAI is not even recognised by the Sports Ministry but after today’s outcome, that could soon be a reality. “The Sports Minister (Rajyavardhan Rathore) met us in the morning and has promised to recognise us very soon,” KAI secretary Ravi Kapoor, who is here as a technical official, said.advertisement Most of the 14 members in the kurash squad come from a judo background as the two sports are very similar. Kurash, a sport popular in Central Asia, is played while standing while one can also push the opponent to the ground in judo. Both Balhara and Jadhav have won judo medals in international competitions and they were instant medal prospects at the Games. As most of the team members could not afford the kit worth Rs 35,000, they arranged money to buy at least the jersey and track suit. Rathore, however, has already assured all expenses of the non-recognised federations would be borne by the ministry. Balhara also had to go through the loss of her father three months ago. Working in Delhi Jal Board, his father suddenly died of a heart attack. He was only 42. “I am reminded of his words after I got selected for the team in February. He said ‘you will win silver, not gold’. That is exactly what happened today,” she said. Jadhav is one of the four daughters of a farmer based in Belgaum. She too had to fund herself to reach here. Balhara won four bouts to win the silver and Jadhav three for bronze.PTI BS AHlast_img read more

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Passenger Transportation Board says Greyhound can stop serving Northeast BC on June

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Passenger Transportation Board of B.C. has ruled in favour of Greyhound’s application to halt passenger bus service in Northeast B.C. as of June 1st.Last August Greyhound Canada announced that it was planning to cut nine routes across the province, including the Dawson Creek – Whitehorse and Prince George – Dawson Creek routes. The company is also seeking to greatly reduce service on other routes in Southern B.C. after saying that many of its routes are no longer profitable.Greyhound says that ridership on routes connecting the northern half of B.C. with Prince George has declined by 51 percent since 2010, including a 30 percent drop in the last five years. In its ruling, the Passenger Transportation Board explained that Greyhound’s routes in the Peace Region and along Highway 16 have extremely low ridership and very large operating losses that impair the company’s viability.“Greyhound is a for-profit company,” read the Board’s decision. “A review of the company’s financial information demonstrates that the cross-subsidization model of the past no longer holds true. There are insufficient profits on the profitable routes to subsidize its losses on these routes.”Greyhound told the board that by eliminating 1.6 million scheduled miles in the province, it will be able to retain a remaining 3.7 million scheduled miles. “Keeping a viable inter-city passenger bus service in at least some parts of the province is preferable to no service from Greyhound.”However, the Board also found that the public’s need would not be met if Greyhound were allowed to eliminate the four routes without adequate notice, due to the reliance on current service.“Immediate stoppage on these routes and route segments would endanger public safety given the harsh winter climate, inhospitable terrain, and the isolation of those living and working along these routes.”However, the Board ruled that weather conditions should improve by May 31st to a point where public safety would no longer be at risk.During a series of public hearings on the application, Greyhound said it is losing $35,000 per day, which works out to a loss of nearly $13 million per year. The company has called on the provincial government to subsidize intercity bus travel, similar to the subsidies provided to municipal transit.last_img read more

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Fort St John RCMP see rise in theft of valuables from vehicles

first_imgPolice say it appears that more than 60 percent of these thefts are occurring in the North West quadrant of the city.According to RCMP, in most of these cases, it appears there are no signs of entry to the vehicles so it could be possible that vehicles are being left unlocked.The RCMP is reminding owners to lock up and remove all valuables before leaving your vehicle and is encouraging everyone to take part in the #9PMRoutine campaign. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is reporting an increase in the theft of valuables from vehicles.According to the RCMP, the amount of theft from vehicles has almost doubled within the past year from 27 reported thefts in 2018 to 49 in 2019.Out of the 49 thefts, the RCMP report that 11 have occurred within the first four days of October.last_img read more

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EPCA urges SC to remove cap on autorickshaw in Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court appointed environment watchdog EPCA has urged the apex court to remove the cap imposed on the number of auto-rickshaw permits issued in Delhi. Environment think tanks welcomed the suggestion as this would make the better public transport system.EPCA officials noted that Delhi’s transport system need a boost and this step would mean that public transport system will become better which the EPCA earlier suggested as one of the most important ways to curb the city pollution. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Why are these vehicles, that were initially restricted for fouling up the air, coming back without fetters on their numbers to reduce pollution? While this might sound like an oxymoron to some, this is actually a unique case in which the technology clean up has converged with mobility solution to set the next generation roadmap for intermediate public transport in Delhi and other Indian cities. Circumstances have changed considerably since 1997 when these vehicles were powered by extremely polluting two-stroke engines or small diesel engines that made a cap on their numbers necessary. The autos were also moved to run on CNG,” observed Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the Economic Survey of Delhi 2018-19, around 32.5 lakh cars and 70.8 lakh two-wheelers are registered in the city. Between 2016-17 and 2017-18, the number of cars has increased by roughly 1 lakh and two-wheelers by over 4.7 lakh. At the same time, the number of registered taxis has reduced marginally, from 1,18,308 to 1,18,060; while auto-rickshaw growth has been capped at 1,00,000. This, combined with the insufficiency of public buses, gives no alternative but to use personal vehicles, which is apparent from the exponential growth in this segment. EPCA, in its report, noted that it is “important that there is a balance in the supply of all kinds of para-transit so that there is a viable mode of public transport for all sections of society.”last_img read more

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