Nigeria: gov urged to support renewables

first_img Generation BRICS RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Featured image: 123rf AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Featured image: Stock The Nigerian renewable sector is requesting to be given the same financial support as the fossil fuel sector in Nigeria. The President of the Sustainable Energy Practitioners Association of Nigeria (SEPAN), Dr. Magnus Onuoha urged government to allocate about N250 billion ($809 million) from the many funding pools available in the energy sector, to the renewable energy operators, THIS DAY reported.Onuoha highlighted that with the support, renewables would be able to generate and deliver about 10,000MW of electricity to Nigeria in a few years to come.According to media, he further underlined that the deployment of renewable technologies was an investment in carbon credit, adding that the country stood greater chances to make more returns on investments in renewable energy than it does from fossil fuel power generation. Read more….Deploying renewable technologiesOnuoha said: “We want government to be proactive. Government should give us a level playing ground. The interventions that non-renewable people are enjoying should be extended to the renewable energy practitioners.“It is not as if the cost of renewable energy is very high, it is because we do not have the framework to drive the sector,” Onuoha said.“If those interventions from the CBN, 50% of them are deployed in renewable, we can generate 10,000MW by 2020,” he added.Media quoted him stating that the association is working with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to rid the sector of quacks and sub-standard equipment to boost consumers’ confidence in the offerings of the renewable energy sector.Growth in renewable energy sectorIn efforts to appreciating the renewable energy sector in the country, Onuoha disclosed that the association is planning to launch the 2017 SEPAN award and lecture series, to be held in Kaduna in July.He explained that the choice of Kaduna, was to encourage the work done in renewable energy sector by the state government. Read more…He said the state government has ensured that three out of the 14 developers that signed the Power Purchase Agreement with the government to generate over 1120MW of solar power are cited in Kaduna, media reported.center_img Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Previous articlePlant Operations Manager – BiogasNext articleIt’s ladies first as African Utility Week Industry Awards finalists are announced 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.last_img read more

Burundi to attend peace talks in Tanzania over the weekend

first_imgBurundi’s government said on Thursday it would attend regional talks this weekend aimed at ending a year-long cycle of violence that has claimed about 450 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.Mediated by the East African Community (EAC), a regional body of which Burundi is a member, the talks have been repeatedly postponed since a first meeting in December, with the government refusing to share a table with what it considers insurgent groups.Spokesman Willy Nyamitwe said that restriction still applied, but added: “We have received an invitation and we will go.”Burundi’s political crisis broke out in April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term, a move opponents said violated the constitution.After putting down an attempted coup in May led by generals opposed to his continued rule, he was re-elected in July, supported by a favorable court ruling.Violence has steadily escalated since, with tit-for-tat killings between Nkurunziza’s security forces and rebels who took up arms against his government.The next phase of talks is due to take place on Saturday in Arusha in neighboring Tanzania, under the mediation of that country’s former president Benjamin Mkapa.One opposition party, the CNDD, told Reuters it would attend, while others had yet to confirm their presence. The government recognizes the CNDD as a legitimate interlocutor.Burundian police estimate more than 450 people have been killed since the unrest began while about a quarter of million have fled to neighboring states.At least three anti-Nkurunziza armed rebel groups have emerged and the government has accused neighboring Rwanda of backing some of them. Rwanda denies the accusations.The bloodshed in Burundi has stoked fears the crisis could destabilize a region still reeling from the Rwandan genocide in 1994 in which an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in about 100 days.Reuterslast_img read more

Dumervil questionable, J. Smith doubtful to play against Cincinnati

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens may welcome back a key member of their defense against Cincinnati, but another is expected to be absent for the second straight game.Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (foot) is listed as questionable to play against the Bengals on Sunday while cornerback Jimmy Smith (back) is doubtful after missing practices all week. Dumervil was a full participant all week after returning to the practice field last week and could see his first live-game action since Oct. 9 against Washington.Dealing with a frustrating recovery from offseason foot surgery, Dumervil has appeared in just two games all season, failing to register a statistic in 45 total snaps. The 32-year-old collected a total of 32 1/2 sacks in his first three seasons with the Ravens, who have struggled to mount a consistent pass rush this season.“I think he looked good in practice. Again, it’s going to be up to the medical people to determine [if he plays],” head coach John Harbaugh said. “It’s always been a medical issue. It’s good to see him out there at practice taking a good number of reps. He didn’t take every rep, but took a good number of reps in the rotation. We’ll just have to see when the time comes whether he’ll get cleared to go.”With Smith not expected to play, the Ravens are fortunate that five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green will not suit up for the Bengals. Green injured his hamstring in last Sunday’s loss to Buffalo and was officially declared out on Friday afternoon.The Baltimore defense has struggled without Smith on the field, but the Bengals’ lack of a high-impact receiver without Green should lessen that concern. The Ravens started rookie Tavon Young and returning veteran Shareece Wright at the starting cornerback spots against the Cowboys last week as Smith continued to nurse his back issue.“I think they have a better handle on exactly what it is right now specifically,” Harbaugh said. “They have a good handle on it. It’s more muscular, so that’s good news. If it clears up and he can go, he’ll play. If it doesn’t and he can’t be close to 100 percent, we’ll just have to wait until next week. But we’re confident in the guys we have as well.”The Ravens officially ruled out guard Alex Lewis (ankle) and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh). Tight end Crockett Gillmore (thigh) sat out Friday’s workout and is doubtful, meaning he will likely miss his fourth consecutive game.Baltimore listed guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) and defensive tackles Timmy Jernigan (shoulder) and Brandon Williams (back/hand) as questionable, but all three are expected to play on Sunday.In addition to ruling out Green, the Bengals listed starting strong safety Shawn Williams (hamstring) as doubtful to play in Week 12.The referee for Sunday’s game will be Clete Blakeman.The Ravens will wear its black jerseys on Sunday, the first time this year the alternate top has been worn.According to Weather.com, the Sunday forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with temperatures reaching 53 degrees and winds up to 12 miles per hour.Below is the final injury report of the week:BALTIMOREOUT: G Alex Lewis (ankle), RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)DOUBTFUL: TE Crockett Gillmore (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (back)QUESTIONABLE: LB Elvis Dumervil (foot), DT Timmy Jernigan (shoulder), DT Brandon Williams (back/hand), G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)CINCINNATIOUT: WR A.J. Green (hamstring)DOUBTFUL: TE C.J. Uzomah (calf), S Shawn Williams (hamstring)QUESTIONABLE: LS Clark Harris (groin), S Derron Smith (thigh)last_img read more

Toy Story Mania Will Change FastPass+ and Capacity in April and May

first_imgThis line wraps several times and is a posted 85 minute wait. And that’s with FastPass+ running, too. Because this is an unprecedented temporary change, we’re not going to include Toy Story Mania wait times in our analysis of actual crowd levels at Disney Hollywood Studios.Touring without a Toy Story Mania FastPassIt will be best to arrive at Hollywood Studios early and ride Toy Story Mania first. If you want to ride Toy Story Mania later in the day, as with all Touring Plans, you should re-optimize after every few steps. This will incorporate updates in wait time predictions at all the attractions.Everything looks fine at Hollywood Studios, until you turn your head. Share This!Update March 31, 2018When Toy Story Land opens, Toy Story Mania’s entrance will flip to the opposite side of the building, moving from its current location in Pixar Place to the new Land. Since January, Disney has been working on reconfiguring the queue. During this time, only two of the three ride tracks have been operational. From April 9 to May 7, Toy Story Mania will not offer FastPass+. This suggests that the capacity of the ride is going to vary during the final phase of the construction.Toy Story Mania’s new entrance when it opens in Toy Story Land this summer.center_img Even Jessie has been roped into the construction. Get it? Roped into? I crack myself up.last_img read more

What Is Boxing Day? How Do You Celebrate?

first_imgWhen I saw Julie’s question about Boxing Day this morning:Serious question: what is boxing day and how does everyone celebrate it?— Julie (@juliedutch) December 26, 2014I smiled. I’ve got you covered, Julie. My friend James has a wonderful post about Boxing Day, and all things Christmas on his Why Christmas site.Here’s a few takeaways, but read the post to get the full background:Boxing Day is celebrated December 26, the day after ChristmasIts roots date back to the Middle Ages, almost 800 years ago, in the United Kingdom. Alms boxes were opened so the content could be distributed to those in need.In the past, servants would get the day off to celebrate Christmas with their familiesPre-World War II, delivery people would collect their Christmas tip or box from their delivery placesBoxing Day is a public holiday in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New ZealandCelebrating Boxing Day isn’t common in the United States. But it’s well known in my community. Boxing Night at Geneva Presbyterian ChurchI first learned about Boxing Day from Geneva Presbyterian Church, where we attended for several years. For the past 20 years, Geneva Presbyterian has held a Boxing Night clothing drive for the homeless, starting December 26 and ending the first week of January. Teens at the church spend the night in the church parking lot in boxes to raise awareness for the homeless. You can see photos from Boxing Night 2012 on Geneva’s Facebook page. Everyone in the community is encouraged to bring clothing, blankets, and toiletries which are taken to Fort Street Presbyterian Church Open Door Ministry to the homeless in Detroit.Many years, the stayover night is super cold. We’ll drive by the church parking lot, and see teens and adults huddled around the fire in a trashcan in the below-freezing weather. Julie, to answer your other question about how we spend Boxing Day: our family gathers blankets, clothes, and toiletries to donate to Geneva Presbyterian. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWhy Christmas? The Christmas Site 18 Years in the Making and Still GrowingToday’s guest post is by my friend James Cooper. I’ve loved his Why Christmas? website for years, and I’m honored he accepted my invitation to write about how it came about. Hi, let me introduce myself, I’m James Cooper, a freelance web designer/developer from the United Kingdom. I’ve known Deborah…In “Web design”Photo of the Week: Plymouth Community Christmas Carol Sing-AlongThough it was a gray afternoon, the clouds didn’t chase away families and friends from joining the 2015 Plymouth Community Christmas Carol Sing-Along today in downtown Plymouth, Michigan at Kellogg Park. Led by Dr. Jerry Smith, the music director at my church, First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, I joined dozens…In “Michigan”More Holiday Goodies: SitePoint Christmas SaleIf you’ve had your fill of holiday meals and sweets, and want to expand your knowledge beyond the 12 Days of Christmas free online courses from Lynda.com, here are some holiday goodies for your learning enjoyment. Through January 5, 2015, you can get some great deals from the SitePoint Christmas…In “Web design”last_img read more

A Look Back at 2013 and Predictions for the Year Ahead

first_imgAs many companies are still in the midst of their planning for 2014, there are a number of factors that will impact the way they hire new talent and manage their employees. As the HR space is constantly changing, with new ideas and technologies constantly cropping up, organizations need to identify how the latest developments can improve their talent management processes and figure out how they can be integrated into their current systems. But before looking into what 2014 may have in store, let’s take a look at how my predictions for 2013 held up:Social networking and niche sourcing sites will become more mainstream.  The number of industry-specific job sites that have emerged throughout the year validate the growing use among employers who leverage niche and social recruiting sites to more easily find candidates with the right skills and qualifications.As seasons change, employees may stay on full-time. A recent survey from CareerBuilder showed that 49 percent of retailers plan to transition some of their seasonal workers into full-time employees, up ten points from last year’s survey.Relationship building will be an integral step in finding talent.  We have definitely seen an uptick in employers that have sought to make the recruiting process more personal this year. Just consider the growing use of advanced CRM systems, such as Avature, and the release of LinkedIn Recruiter, which enables recruiters to better leverage the social platform to find right-fit talent.Companies will use real-time data for performance management. It is no surprise that Gartner and other organizations have labeled 2013 as the Year of Big Data, with 64 percent of organizations having invested in, or planning to invest in, Big Data in 2013. The detailed analytics organizations can now collect will continue to transform all aspects of HR, from using workforce data to recruit the best candidates and managing their performance to reducing turnover.Increased transparency in the workplace will better engage employees. Although the quarterly or annual employee review isn’t likely to disappear any time soon, more employers have indeed recognized the value in creating more workplace transparency, by providing immediate feedback to reinforce strong performance and to address development needs as soon as possible.While significant progress has been made in each area, I expect that organizations will continue to embrace these trends in the new year. So what else can we expect to see in 2014? Here are my latest predictions:Recruiting will evolve in a way that enables candidates to tell their own story.Although significant steps have been made already, I believe 2014 will be the year in which recruiters really begin to focus on the personal side of recruitment and seek the solutions that help them to build personal relationships with candidates. By utilizing the technology that enables recruiters to look beyond the skills and qualifications of their candidates, and better understand their personality and characteristics and whether they will really fit in with the organization. At the same time, as LinkedIn now has more than 250 million members, it has become essentially a database of candidates. Being able to make personal connections with candidates on LinkedIn and understand their personal stories will be a significant competitive advantage.This idea of focusing on the stories behind candidates is essentially happening in the market in general, such as the food and retail industries. Just as consumers prefer to shop local rather than purchase mass produced products and increasingly want to know about where their products come from, the same will happen with finding candidates. Employers will increasingly seek additional information beyond the resume to better understand the unique perspectives and life experiences they can bring, instead of just skimming over their work history.Companies will put greater focus on hiring veterans. Veteran hiring initiatives are nothing new; companies have long carried out programs to attract and engage veterans and benefit from the unique skills they can bring to the workplace. However, not enough jobs have been created to sustain a qualified veteran workforce, and the effectiveness of many veteran hiring initiatives has been brought into question. As the military drawdown continues, the number of veterans looking for civilian jobs will escalate in the new year. Given the benefits to the economy and to the veterans themselves who have given their all to protect their country, I expect companies will develop robust, more effective veteran hiring initiatives. Since a considerable investment has been made in developing veterans’ skills and providing them with training, more organizations will realize the ROI of getting these individuals back into the workforce.Manufacturing will come back, but require new skillsets.There are numerous statistics showing that the manufacturing industry is making a comeback in this country. But despite the growth in the number of U.S. manufacturing plants, those jobs are not the same of old. The new manufacturing jobs will require different skills to succeed in these plants, such as computer skills, programming and engineering. As manufacturing jobs continue to evolve, employers will need to provide the tools and resources that give their employees the necessary training and development to be successful in this new landscape.Each year brings us new ideas, developments and technologies that forever change the nature of HR. While it is impossible to say for sure what will happen in 2014, I think some of the current trends I’ve been seeing will come into the forefront in the year ahead. Either way, I look forward to seeing the changes that will appear in the HR industry in the new year – and how employers will continue to adapt.last_img read more

Facebook chief security officer reportedly resigns amid data controversy

first_img Posted on 21st March 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Following Facebook’s suspension of Cambridge Analytica, the analytics firm charged with exploiting Facebook user data, the social platform’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, is said to be leaving.According to the The New York Times, Stamos said he will be leaving by August of this year and had been clashing with executives since 2016 “over how to handle Russian interference on Facebook and how best to reorganize Facebook’s security team before the midterm elections.”An initial report by The New York Times reported, “He has been overseeing the transfer of his security team to Facebook’s product and infrastructure divisions. His group, which once had 120 people, now has three.”.Monday night, Stamos responded to the news of his leaving on Twitter, stating that he is still fully engaged with his work at Facebook.Despite the rumors, I’m still fully engaged with my work at Facebook. It’s true that my role did change. I’m currently spending more time exploring emerging security risks and working on election security.— Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) March 19, 2018The media reports claim Stamos had advocated for Facebook to be more transparent about Russian interference on the site during the elections but was met with resistance. Current and former Facebook employees who were not identified told The New York Times that Stamos’s day-to-day responsibilities had been reassigned to others in December.So far, Stamos is the only top-level executive reportedly leaving the company in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica developments.Since announcing it was suspending Cambridge Analytica, Facebook’s handling of user data has dominated national headlines. Facebook announced Monday it has hired Stroz Friedberg, a digital forensics firm, to conduct an audit of Cambridge Analytica and has been given complete access to the analytic firm’s servers and systems.Facebook’s top executives have remained silent since the company announced the suspension of Cambridge Analytica. Axios reports this morning that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to speak within “the next 24 hours.”From our sponsors: Facebook chief security officer reportedly resigns amid data controversy Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingFacebook chief security officer reportedly resigns amid data controversy Facebook chief security officer reportedly resigns amid data controversyYou are here:last_img read more

NADA slams BCCI for ‘non-cooperation’

first_imgThe National Anti-Doping Agency today lashed out at the BCCI for its “non-cooperation” and asked the Cricket board to make sure that their players fall in line with the WADA code.NADA Director General Rahul Bhatnagar said it was baffling to see BCCI rope in a Swedish company to conduct dope tests for cricketers while the national anti-doping body could have done the same job at a lesser cost or even for free.”The BCCI never sought the assistance of NADA to conduct dope tests. They have engaged a company — International Doping and Test Management (Sweden) — at a heavy cost to conduct dope samples, which NADA could have done at much lesser cost or free of cost,” Bhatnagar said.”It is surprising why BCCI is maintaining such a no-cooperation attitude with NADA,” he added.NADA is the national agency for conducting dope tests, collecting samples and results management of athletes and Bhatnagar said the body wants the cricketers to fully comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) codes, along with the ‘whereabouts clause’ against which the cricketers are up in arms.”NADA is strongly of the view that Cricketers must fully comply with all Anti Doping Regulations of WADA and NADA as all other sportspersons do. They are no exception and the rules apply to them equally. BCCI should ensure such compliance,” he said.Even though the International Cricket Council (ICC) is a signatory to the WADA Code, BCCI is spearheading an opposition to the vexed “whereabouts clause” which requires a player to inform, three months in advance, their availability for dope tests.advertisementWADA has already issued an ultimatum to the ICC saying they have to ensure that BCCI accepts the WADA Code in totality, failing which the world cricket governing body would be branded non-compliant.last_img read more

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Sport Line now in India for Rs 39.9 lakh

first_imgGood news for BMW car lovers. The German company has launched a new variant in their 3 series line. The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Sport Line, launched on Tuesday, is available in three metallic paintworks: Black Sapphire, Imperial Blue Brilliant Effect and Midnight Blue.The design of the car include Air breather in high-gloss Black and kidney grille slats.  The car key has red trim while the side window is in Matt black. The steering wheel comes in sport leather abd seats in contrast red stitching. The interior trim of the car is in fine-wood with Pearl Chrome accents.The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Sport Line is available at all BMW dealerships across the country while the BMW 320d Gran Turismo Sport Line is locally produced at the BMW Plant in Chennai.Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India said, “It’s not just the striking look or generous interior that makes the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo so fascinating. It offers a wealth of characteristic features and just as many ways of bringing them to the fore. The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Sport Line, featuring a series of striking exterior and interior design elements, promises unbridled dynamics and sets clear visual accents. Its striking design features in high-gloss Black portray a vigorous look, further reinforcing the unmistakable sporting character.”The new variant is available in Alpine White as non-metallic paintwork and in three metallic paintworks: Black Sapphire, Imperial Blue Brilliant Effect and Midnight Blue. Internal trims offered are Fine-wood trim Fineline Anthracite with Highlight trim finishers Pearl Chrome.advertisementlast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Had A Hilarious Response When Asked Why His Team Never “Laid An Egg”

first_imgJim Harbaugh talks about Rutgers trash talk during halftime of their game during a press conference.jim harbaugh rutgers trash talkIn sports, saying a team “laid an egg” is a popular expression, used when a favored squad comes out and doesn’t play up to its potential. Usually, “laying an egg” means the team loses the game.Michigan hasn’t really come out flat this season under Jim Harbaugh. At 8-2, it lost its opener at Utah and in the final seconds against Michigan State. In eight victories, the Wolverines have pretty much played as they are supposed to.So perhaps that’s why Harbaugh had this funny response today when asked why his team hasn’t “laid an egg” following a road win at Penn State.  Harbaugh on why U-M never laid egg: “Analogy doesn’t resonate with me.I don’t like comparing humans to chickens or any other type of animal.— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) November 21, 2015Harbaugh is never boring. He’s…unique. But not boring.last_img read more