China drives global solar and coal alike

first_imgChina drives global solar and coal alike FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享South China Morning Post:Chinese equity investment in solar, wind and coal power projects in Belt and Road Initiative countries surged from 2014 to 2019, with planned capacity up more than tenfold compared with the previous five-year period, environmental group Greenpeace has said.The Belt and Road Initiative is a Beijing strategy to boost economic and trade ties in dozens of countries in Asia, Europe and beyond, mostly through investments in energy and infrastructure.According to a study published by Greenpeace on Monday, China’s wind and solar power investments in belt and road countries amounted to 12.6 gigawatts since the initiative was launched in 2014. It had invested in just 0.45GW of solar before 2014.The country has also invested in 67.9GW of new coal-fired power in belt and road countries since 2014, but Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner Liu Junyan said the increase in the share of renewables should be welcomed.More: Chinese renewable energy investment abroad soars – but coal still dominantlast_img read more

Military Police Dogs Train for Rio Olympics 2016

first_imgThe dogs in the BAC, which operates under the auspices of Rio de Janeiro’s Military Police, are preparing for the international event by helping law enforcement seize drugs and weapons with greater frequency. From January 1-October 31, the canines have aided the Military Police in seizing more than seven tons of drugs after finding more than two tons of narcotics in 2012 and 25 kilograms in 2009. Overall, the BAC has 52 dogs dedicated to public safety missions, including search and rescue, tracking fugitives, and finding cadavers. The Tactical Intervention Unit also has a Canine Center, where the dogs work together with the Special Operations Battalion (BOPE) in hostage rescue situations. Police dogs also work with their handlers to help control crowds, including unruly throngs at stadiums. Brazil’s Armed Forces are adding seven dogs to the six that are already part of the Canine Action Battalion (BAC for its Portuguese acronym) in order to learn how to sniff for explosives, illegal drugs, and weapons, in addition to helping prevent terrorist attacks at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Police dogs are deployed on a variety of missions The dogs’ training is the same: whether they are searching for weapons, drugs, or explosives, the canines are taught to remain composed so they don’t bump into objects upon discovering contraband. The Military Police trains dogs to use their keen sense of smell to detect drugs, explosives, and weapon; they’re able to do so because the part of the canine brain that processes smells is proportionately 40 times larger than that in human brains. Moreover, dogs have up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, while humans have about six million. Though the first two bomb-sniffing dogs joined BAC in 2007, they’ve seldom been used outside of training. Since bombings are rare in Brazil, the BAC augments its training by exchanging information with other countries, including France’s Recherche Assistance Intervention Dissuasion (RAID), a police special operations unit specializing in counter-terrorism. Sgt. Vieira is among the 189 men and women who joined the BAC by completing the 40-day Police Employment Canine Handler Course or the 16-week Police Employment Canine Trainer Course, which teaches officers how to train the dogs instead of solely being their handlers. By Dialogo November 06, 2015 Nice article center_img “A dog sniffing for drugs or weapons is led at all times by his police handler,” explained Captain Luís Otávio Poyes, a dog handler and trainer. ”When it locates a bomb, it sits and signals for the police officer, who is outside the area. Afterwards, it leaves the location, still without touching anything. At that point, the police or the bomb squad goes into action.” Dogs trained to use their exceptional sense of smell “RAID officers came here and evaluated our canines,” Col. Nogueira said. “They said they were ready.” “At the World Cup, the Canine Shock Group acted outside the stadiums. We are prepared to serve again in that capacity, if needed, during the Olympic Games. Honestly, we are ready to perform any service within our scope, from assistance in hostage negotiations to detecting bombs and explosives.” The BAC, which is awaiting the arrival of 30 more dogs that will be trained, also has had canines participate in law enforcement simulations on subways, ships, and in airports. “It is gratifying to be able to rely on the canines,” said Sergeant Bruno Vieira, a BAC dog trainer. “They are able to find things that we humans cannot.” “This jump is a result of training people and dogs, always within an evolving and specialized process,” said Military Police Colonel Marcelo Nogueira, the commander of the BAC, where he has served for 11 of his 26 years as a police officer. last_img read more

62 in House echo credit unions’ CECL concerns

first_imgReps. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., along with 60 other House members sent a NAFCU-endorsed letter to the Federal Accounting Standards Board to raise concerns about how its proposed current expected credit loss standard (CECL) could hurt credit unions and community banks.“FASB must proceed with the utmost caution in finalizing this ASU [accounting standards update], as it has the potential to irreversibly damage community banks’ and credit unions’ ability to continue to adequately serve their customers/members and communities and sustain the economic recovery,” the lawmakers wrote, echoing concerns raised by NAFCU in recent weeks.“The method for determining expected losses should be simple, straightforward, and easy to apply,” they continued. “A requirement that lenders use complex, theoretical forecasting models … is impractical, costly, and time consuming for community banks and credit unions.”NAFCU was one of three financial industry trades listed as endorsers of Friday’s the “Dear Colleague” letter. In it, lawmakers asked that FASB consider the standard’s potential impact on credit availability and economic growth. The lawmakers also asked the board to consider more practical alternatives to the proposed complex modeling requirement and a tiered implementation system for different regulatory agencies to ease the regulatory burden on credit unions and community banks. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Japan to bar entry for foreign travelers, including Indonesians

first_img“The new policy will be implemented until the end of April and could be extended,” the embassy said.Japan has yet to impose a lockdown, but stores and offices have been closed to implement social distancing and a work-from-home policy. However, it did not stop people in the capital shopping for food and household supplies, albeit in a calm and orderly manner, said the embassy.Read also: Indonesia, Japan commit to ‘cooperation’ against COVID-19The Japanese government has decided to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for a maximum of one year, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying he wanted to see the world’s biggest sporting event become the beacon of the international community coming together to address mutual challenges, the embassy wrote.The embassy is consistently monitoring Indonesian citizens in Japan and is calling on them to obey instructions from the authorities.Assistance and help from the embassy can be accessed through its hotline at +818049407419 and email consular@kbritokyo.jp, as well as the website m.kbritokyo.jp.Topics : The visa suspension will come into effect on Saturday for visitors from several countries, including Indonesia. However, foreigners registered as residents for work or study purposes are still allowed to enter Japan but must be willing to be quarantined for 14 days.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia suspends visa-free policy, expands ban for people from worst-hit countriesThe embassy said visa-free or visa-waiver policies would also be revoked upon the enactment of the new policy. The same goes for people traveling with APEC business travel cards, as they will not be allowed to enter Japan.Visas issued before March 27 by the Japanese mission in Indonesia will no longer be valid. New visa issuance will be halted starting from March 28. Japan is set to bar entry to citizens of several countries, including Indonesia, wishing to travel to the country starting on Saturday, following a consistent increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the East Asian nation.According to the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan recorded 101 new cases on Friday morning, bringing the tally to 1,402 nationwide, resulting in 45 deaths.As of Friday, Tokyo had recorded 267 cases, putting the capital prefecture on top of the list with the highest tally, surpassing Hokkaido.last_img read more

UCL: Mbappe set for PSG return against Atalanta after ankle injury

first_img Loading… Mbappe was left in a race against time to be fit for the start of the ‘Final Eight’ after suffering a sprained ankle in a crunching tackle early in PSG’s French Cup final win over Saint-Etienne on July 24. The World Cup-winning France forward made his return to collective training at the weekend during PSG’s training camp in Portugal’s Algarve. Kylian Mbappe with Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain’s training session in Lisbon on Tuesday evening Read Also: Europa League: Sevilla set up Man Utd semi-final after Wolves win “We must wait and be patient with Marco,” said the German. “Last week he couldn’t run. He has just started again but it is going to be very tight for the semi-finals. But we will try everything like we have done with Kylian.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Whether he starts or not, the announcement comes as a huge boost to the French champions as they aim to reach the semi-finals of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since the Qatari takeover almost a decade ago. Meanwhile, Tuchel refused to rule midfield maestro Marco Verratti out of the rest of the competition, should PSG go all the way. The final in Lisbon is scheduled for August 23 with the semi-final on August 18 if PSG qualify. Verratti is currently out with a calf injury.center_img Kylian Mbappe is set to return to action for Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta in Lisbon on Wednesday night having made a good recovery from an ankle injury, his coach Thomas Tuchel said on Tuesday. “If he trains well on Tuesday evening and nothing extraordinary happens, he will be in the team on Wednesday,” Tuchel was quoted as saying to reporters. However, Tuchel did then suggest that Mbappe would most likely be used off the bench against the Italians. “We are really pleased to have the possibility of finishing the match with Kylian on the pitch because that gives Neymar someone who likes playing alongside him,” he said. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The World12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One MovieBeautiful Mutations: 15 Staggering Photos Of Heterochromia7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Bodylast_img read more

Woman is mastermind behind Jamaican extortion racket

first_imgPolice in Jamaica have arrested a woman who is reportedly the mastermind behind a massive extortion racket that spread across seven parishes in that Caribbean nation.The woman was arrested on Sunday, just days after two men had been nabbed in connection with an extortion letter that had been sent to several businesses in seven Jamaican parishes demanding exorbitant payment for protection. The men were collared in the central Jamaican town of Mandeville and 15 of the letters seized, police reported.A third man, Biko March, has been named as a persons of interest in the probe and has been urged by Police to turn himself in.The criminals threatened to kill business owners, their families and staff members if they did not comply with the extortion demands. Demands were made of large businesses to cough up J$100,000 monthly, while smaller businesses were ordered to fork out J$80,000 monthly in order to continue doing business without hassle.“If this is a Company Branch/Franchise and the branch that receives this letter is non-compliant then the managers and workers will be harmed randomly one by one. If this is a shop where multiple people conduct business in then each person will compile what is supposed to be paid and hand it over or individuals who operate business here will be killed and your business demolished. One person will be contacted to hand over the money,” the letter stated.“Please note carefully; whenever you are contacted by phone, nothing but excellent communication is required, do not cut off the phone or stay on the line and say nothing or you will be killed and your business demolished. Zero tolerance will be taken towards late payment and avoiding payments resulting in whatever action/actions that is deemed fit to teach you the importance of compliance and punctuality,” the letter also stated.The extortionists also threatened to kill operators and their staff if they contacted the police and promised gruesome deaths to the relatives of non-compliant business owners.  In addition the hoodlums promised maximum security to the business operators who complied with their demands.The extortionists also advised business operators that the only way to avoid payment was to close their businesses.“Do not complain about business being slow and you are not making enough money to pay your dues, if business is slow simply close it down and get out because if you continue to exist without paying your dues you will be at harmful risk,” the letter stated.The police have urged business operators to stand their ground and refuse to give in to the demands of the criminals as they widen their investigation into the matter.last_img read more

One goal enough as Uganda Cranes tops Group E

first_imgCELEBRATIONS: Oloya (left) joins goal scorer Miya. PHOTOS KCCAUGGroup EUganda 1 Congo Brazzaville 0SundayEgypt v Ghana 7pmWhile many thought they should have scored more goals, Cranes captain Geoffrey Massa insists they did very well with the one shot past Congo Brazzaville.“Like I said before the match, all we need is a win. With the one goal we got, we got the win we needed and I am very satisfied,” Massa told the press, who wanted him to explain the many chances fluffed in the 2018 World Cup qualifier at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.Uganda’s goal came early in the game, with a rampant Farouk Miya striking after a good combination with Luwagga Kizito in the 16th minute.Belgium-based Miya beat Wolfrigon Ngobo from inside the box  after passing unlocked the Congo defence.They did get some good chances after this, but the strikers, Massa especially, failed to find the net when it looked easier to score.Coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic weighed in by insisting Cranes results actually speak for themselves, saying Congo Brazzaville are not walkovers and should be respected. “Our aim was to create at least five chances, which we did. We knew we would miss some of them,” Micho said. He said thorough preparation was key to the current Cranes winning run, and said the team was still growing into the World Cup qualification matches.To those criticizing his team despite the win, Micho said, “you have a right not to like us, but please respect us.”He however lamented the poor turn up of fans. “I am not happy to see about 10,000 fans in the stadium to support a team that has qualified for the African Cup of Nations for the first time in a long time,” he said.The result put Cranes top of Group E.Standings  P W D L F A PtsUganda         2   1    1  0 1 0  4Egypt              1   1    0  0 2 1  3Ghana           1   0   1   0 0 0  1Congo             2   0   0  2 0 1   0LIVE FEED#MujjeTulumbe TweetsShare on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more