UAE’s Masdar wins 100MW Uzbek solar tender with bid of $0.027/kWh

first_imgUAE’s Masdar wins 100MW Uzbek solar tender with bid of $0.027/kWh FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Uzbekenergo JSC, Uzbekistan’s state-owned energy company, has chosen the bid of UAE-based developer Masdar as the winner among 23 it received for the country’s first large scale PV tender, launched in February.According to the International Financial Corp (IFC), which is advising the Uzbek government on the tender process, Masdar submitted a bid of $0.027/kWh for the 100 MW solar power project at an unspecified location in southwestern Uzbekistan. The project is being financially supported by the Austrian Ministry of Finance, Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs and the government of the Netherlands. The energy utility accepted submissions from 23 companies from Europe, Asia and the Middle East, the IFC said in March last year.The IFC said Masdar’s price was one of the lowest tariffs seen for large scale solar in emerging markets and that two more tenders for 400 MW and 500 MW will be launched in the near future. The IFC also said that the new tendered project will be configured as a landmark public-private partnership transaction.“The project is part of an effort by the government of Uzbekistan to develop up to 5 GW of solar power by 2030 to diversify the country’s energy mix,” said Shukhrat Vafaev, Uzbek deputy minister for development and investments. The country’s total power generation capacity stands at around 12.6 GW. Gas accounts for nearly 76% of Uzbekistan’s electricity demand while fuel oil and coal make up 7% and 6%, respectively.A 40 MW solar project was recently announced for the Namangan Free Economic Zone and a new provision to support rooftop PV, solar heaters and energy-efficient gas burners was introduced at the beginning of September.More: Masdar wins Uzbekistan’s 100 MW PV tender with lowest bid of $0.027/kWhlast_img read more

Under the Chimneys, Up by the Stage

first_img “This has become a staple of our summer. We look forward to this all year long. We leave refreshed, renewed, and relaxed.” Red Wing has sold out the last two years and has not increased ticket capacity for 2020, so don’t wait too long to get your tickets! More info? www.redwingroots.com The 3-Day festival takes place at the beautiful Natural Chimneys Park and Campground in Mt Solon, VA, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and includes 40+ bands on five different stages. “I say this every year, but Red Wing Roots Festival just gets better and better!  Even though I am not a fan of summer weather, and even though this year was the hottest-weather Red Wing yet, Red Wing is a highlight of my year, every year. There is peace, there is love, there is excellent music, and there is a feeling of HOPE that comes from the roots and folk music, the feeling and sincere belief that things will be OK. There is also the fragrance of patchouli and nag champa in the air, but that only adds to the loving hippie vibe!” 2020 Line Up Includes: The Mavericks, Sarah Jarosz, Billy Strings, Asleep At the Wheel, Hiss Golden Messenger, Son Little, Tim O’Brien Band, Peter Rowan’s Free Mexican Airforce w/ Los Texmaniacs, The Steel Wheels, Dustbowl Revival, The Cactus Blossoms, Hawktail, Town Mountain and many more. “Red Wing Roots is my favorite! The music is incredible, the setting is beautiful, the atmosphere is relaxed and family friendly. I can’t wait until next year.” center_img The towering limestone chimneys, reaching more than 120′ in the air, provide a spectacular backdrop to lounge in the Music Meadow and hear some great music in the great outdoors. Folks can also grab a craft beer, cider, or glass of wine in multiple beer gardens that have been situated with lots of shade from towering trees and also within view of the music. Entering its eighth year, Red Wing continues to surprise and delight music and outdoor lovers. With five stages and 40 bands you will not have a hard time finding an intimate musical and nature experience at the gorgeous Natural Chimney’s Park. Here is a handful of quotes from Red Wing VII patrons last July.  “It is the greatest weekend of the year. I wish I could live at Red Wing and I am eternally grateful to everyone involved. Many of the moments with my family and friends that I will remember for the rest of my life have happened at Red Wing.” “This is my favorite festival. Such a fun, safe environment where everyone feels like family and the music heals the soul.” “Fantastic music, gorgeous setting, and great fellowship with excellent friends. As always, there is a great sense of caring, kindness, and community at Red Wing.” 8th Annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival Red Wing focuses on the whole experience: an incredible variety of food, craft vendors, kids activities, camping, swimming, organized bike rides, yoga, runs, hiking adventures, and much, more! last_img read more

The 4 Ps of leadership

first_imgPositivity: Keeping your team positive in the hard times, is the key to maintaining a strong team. When things are going well, it’s easy to motivate, but keeping that positivity level high all the time can be a challenge. Lead your team well and provide them with hope and positivity no matter what is going on in your office.Patience: Do you want to turn those reactions into responses? Want to see situations from an outsider’s perspective? Want your employees to know you care about the things they have to say? Want them to respect you? If these things matter to you, it all starts with patience.Passion: What drives your team? Are they powered by passion? If you’re not passionate about your job, your employees won’t be either. Share you vision with your team, get them excited about what they do and watch the team succeed, both personally and as a squad.Persistence: Things won’t always go as planned for your team. When adversity comes along, instill confidence. You have to show your team how to keep working hard and plow ahead until things get better. The more you persist, the more successful you’ll become. 86SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

EPA, airlines announce pact on drinking-water safety

first_img In addition, the EPA said it will test the water on 169 randomly selected airliners at 14 airports and publish the results by early January. Also, airlines are required to analyze possible sources of contamination outside aircraft and report practices regarding the use of water from foreign supplies not regulated by the EPA, officials said. Member airlines will sample the drinking water on all aircraft over the next year and report results quarterly to EPA. The agreement follows EPA’s report in September that water aboard 12.6% of 158 airliners tested by the EPA failed to meet agency standards. Water from 20 planes failed the standard for total coliform bacteria, and two of those had Escherichia coli in their water. In a news release, the Air Transport Association said the agreement calls for the following: Airlines included in the agreement are Alaska, Aloha, American, America West, ATA, Continental, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Midwest, Northwest, United, and US Airways. Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines are negotiating separate agreements with the EPA, the agency said. Airlines will disinfect aircraft drinking-water systems quarterly and drinking-water carts once a month. The EPA said it is working on similar water-quality agreements with regional and charter airlines. If a water sample fails to meet standards, the airline will immediately disinfect the drinking-water system or stop serving water until it can be disinfected. (Previously, EPA protocols called for retesting to confirm the problem before taking action.)center_img Nov 9 EPA news release “The agreements we are announcing today will provide critical information, and at the same time provide increased protection to the flying public,” Thomas V. Skinner, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, stated in the EPA release. Nov 11, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and major US airlines announced an interim agreement this week to strengthen procedures for testing and disinfecting drinking-water systems on airliners. The Air Transport Association statement said, “While we remain confident that the protocols now in place ensure that aircraft drinking water is just as safe as the municipal water systems that supply it, we have voluntarily agreed to take these additional steps to address any lingering questions about the quality of aircraft drinking water in light of a recent EPA study.” See also: The agreement covers 12 of the 14 major carriers belonging to the Air Transport Association, the EPA said. It will remain in effect while EPA works on permanent regulations in a review process that began in 2002.last_img read more

ITB Berlin: About 3 million German guests are expected this year

first_img“Croatia is still very interesting to the German market and we expect tourist traffic at the level of last year. Germany and Croatia are friendly countries, and I especially emphasize the investments in the Republic of Croatia that amount to 3,2 billion euros in the last ten years. Our goal is to further strengthen mutual relations, and next year our country will be a partner of the largest agricultural fair “Green Week”, which will be held in early 2020 in Berlin. It will be an opportunity to present, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, everything that the Croatian countryside produces for Croatian tourism – this is exactly what we want to strengthen.” said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli. The world’s leading tourism industry fair was officially opened in Berlin 53. ITB Berlin , which takes place in Berlin from March 6 to 10. Over 200 visitors are expected at the world’s largest tourism exchange, of which over 140.000 are business visitors, while it is estimated that 7 billion euros worth of contracts will be contracted during the fair. The meeting also discussed the project of bringing 150 agents for luxury tourism, who should stay in Dubrovnik in September this year in cooperation with TUI’s tour operator for the luxury segment Airtours. The project of presenting the TUI catalog for media representatives in Croatia in the spring of 2020 was also discussed, in which about 70 media representatives from Germany would also participate.  It is commendable that this year the Split-Dalmatia County is presenting itself for the first time at an independent stand where it will present itself to numerous partners with a tasting of indigenous cheeses, prosciutto, wine and a cocktail “Heart of the Adriatic”. At a meeting with FTI, the fourth tour operator group in Germany with a turnover of 3 billion euros and 4,8 million passengers, discussed the increasingly intensive booking situation and cooperation on strategic projects. In the continuation of the day, the Croatian delegation will also meet with representatives Condor, the second largest German commercial airline by fleet size and transported passengers. During the second day of the fair, meetings with representatives of partners are planned, including Eurowings, Jet2, RSD and others. During the first day of the fair, the Croatian delegation held meetings with representatives of TUI, FTI and CNN. In front TUI, the leader of the tourist market in Germany among tour operators, the meeting was attended by the product manager Sven Görrissen, who emphasized that despite the currently somewhat slower sale of Croatian arrangements, there is no room for panic, but that it is necessary to monitor developments and react in a timely manner if necessary. On 160.000 square meters there are over 10.000 exhibitors from 187 countries and five continents, as well as the Croatian tourist offer. By the way, this year, as part of the stand of the Croatian Tourist Board, 23 co-exhibitors will present their offer at the fair, including the Šibenik-Knin and Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Boards, Dubrovnik and Zagreb Tourist Boards, Slavonia Cluster and Croatia Airlines, Jadrolinija, ID Riva, Katarina line, Valamar, Maistra, Perfecta Travel, Aronda Adriana Travel, Aminess Hotels & Campsites (Laguna Novigrad), Plava Laguna, Abacus Tours, Liburnia Riviera hotels (Remisens), Arena Hospitality Group, Offshore Boote, Hotel & Restaurant Milan, Hotel CITTAR, Northern Sunshine Farms (H.Katarina) and Makarska Touristik.  “Given the importance of the ITB fair, which has positioned itself as one of the most important tourism exchanges in the world, and given the importance of Germany as the strongest emitting market of Croatian tourism, the appearance and presentation of our offer at this fair is extremely important. According to the information of the partners with whom we have held meetings so far, Croatia’s position on the German market is stable, the sale of arrangements is becoming more and more intensive, but the peak of sales is yet to come. Our goal is to repeat the results from last year when we were visited by almost three million German tourists who realized more than 21 million overnight stays”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić.last_img read more

Resort Falkensteiner Punta Skala ceases to use disposable plastic

first_imgEnvironmental protection, wastewater treatment, waste reduction and optimization of energy consumption are just some of the solutions in Falkensteiner Punta Skala that aim to preserve the environment and sustainable development. Thus, this resort ranks at the very top of environmentally conscious hotels, not only in Croatia but also in Europe. “From the very beginning, work was done on collecting certain types of recyclable waste separately (paper and cardboard packaging, PET packaging, wood, glass and metal). Since 2019, even more attention has been paid to this project. A system of separate collection of bio-waste has been introduced, a reorganization has been made within kitchens and restaurants, and a system of waste separation has been introduced at all levels and in all hotel departments.”, They point out from Falkensteiner and add that they also worked on the education of management and staff. Promotional leaflets were made inviting guests to participate in this project and conscientiously separate their waste in rooms and apartments. The economical heating and cooling system in Punta Skala has reduced the need to use fossil fuels because seawater is pumped and used in summer for cooling and in winter for heating. What additionally contributes to the epithet of an ecological oasis is the car-free zone. Therefore, there is an integrated underground garage in the ambience so that cars do not have to stand in front of the hotel, pollute the environment, but also interfere with the rest with noise. The use of disposable plastics has been abolished at the Falkensteiner Punta Skala resort, and cups, bottles and straws made of biodegradable or reusable materials have been introduced. The resort also has its own wastewater treatment plant which is treated through biological devices and stored with collected rainwater and water for rinsing from the bathroom. Domestic water is used not only for flushing toilets but also for watering gardens while the desalination plant desalinates part of the seawater via an osmosis device and this water can be used as drinking water. The rest is discharged back into the sea. As a next step, it is planned to purchase an electric composter that would be used for processing biowaste, and the production of its own compost, which would then be used to maintain green areas in the resort. It is also planned to procure a larger number of bins for separate waste collection, further investment in arranging the existing recycling yard in the resort where it would be the main collection point for all types of waste and its further sorting and disposal. Source / photo: Falkensteiner Hotels & Residenceslast_img read more

Korcula received 18 authentic souvenirs

first_imgUnfortunately, there is no description or story about each souvenir, but it is great that on the website of the Korcula Tourist Board there is an address where all souvenirs can be bought, which is the meaning in the end. Following the Public Invitation for the application of the souvenir solution of the City of Korčula in 2020, the Tourist Board of the City of Korčula awarded the Korčula Souvenir certificate for 18 souvenirs in 5 categories. Photo: Korcula Tourist Board Let’s tell stories, our autistic stories. Thus, souvenirs will be an eternal reminder of Korcula, as well as the motive for coming or returning to Korcula. See the list of all souvenirs of the City of Korcula HERE Hotels, landlords, restaurants and everyone else in the destination now have a great gift for their guests. Support your local producers and ensure that your guests go to their homes with an authentic Korčula souvenir, and not some plastic “Chinese” souvenir. Each souvenir is a unique and indigenous story, and it would be good to tell the story of each souvenir throughout the year through media channels. In fact, it would be even better to make a video with each producer and for them to be the narrators of the story. Likewise, everyone in the destination must embrace and accept their new souvenirs. The goals of this project are the promotion of the City and the island of Korcula, encouraging the development of new products and ideas based on the tradition of the City and the island and local production. Furthermore, encouraging the creation of a common identity through the development of new souvenirs of the island of Korcula and increasing the visibility of the city and the island through positive activities. “The selected souvenirs present the tangible, intangible and natural heritage of the City of Korcula, and the intention is to continue with public invitations in the coming years and thus encourage the production of souvenirs on the island of Korcula”Point out from the Korcula Tourist Board. last_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals what he ‘promised’ Manchester United owners after appointment

first_imgSolskjaer promised United’s owners and Woodward he would bring back ‘smiles’ (Picture: Getty)United are still without a Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013 and Solskjaer knows supporters expect success sooner rather than later.‘To lift the Premier League trophy again is what we expect, what we are used to, what we have done so many times,’ he added.‘We can’t wait for too many years, but we have to take it step by step.‘It’s not going to happen overnight catching the 18 points we are behind the top teams now. Advertisement United’s victory over PSG was a major turning point (Picture: Getty)Solskjaer, who claims he returned ‘home’ when he replaced Mourinho at the end of last year, hopes United’s owners keep the faith in his project.‘This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I’m beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long term,’ Solskjaer said.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club. It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here.‘The last few months have been a fantastic experience.’MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms he spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson after Manchester United appointment Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals what he ‘promised’ Manchester United owners after appointment Solskjaer has lost just one league game since arriving back in December (Picture: Getty)‘And that’s all I can do, all I can promise – all I promised to the owners, to Ed [Woodward], top everyone.‘I’ll always be myself, I’m not going to change, I’ll be an on optimistic and a positive guy and we’ll do this together. Comment Tom OlverThursday 28 Mar 2019 4:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link453Shares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a three-year contract with Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer promised Manchester United’s owners that he would bring a smile back to the faces of fans, players and staff at the club after he was appointed manager on a full-time basis.The 46-year-old, who spent 11 years as a player at Old Trafford, took over the reins from Jose Mourinho as interim boss back in December and an incredible run of results were enough to land him the job permanently.United have showed their commitment to Solskjaer by handing him a three-year contract and the Norwegian hopes for more reasons to be cheerful ahead of a crucial run of fixtures both domestically and in Europe.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Red Devils were sixth in the league and 11 points adrift of the top four when Solskjaer succeeded Mourinho and have only lost one match in the English top flight since, placing them fifth and two points off Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySolskjaer arrived like a breath of fresh air following a frosty and tempestuous period under Mourinho’s tenure and the ex-Molde manager has no plans to alter his positive and optimistic attitude.‘The day I walk out of the doors I hope it’s with a smile on my face, giving the supporters, the staff, the players, the club, a good time,’ he said at his opening press conference as United’s permanent boss. Advertisementlast_img read more

Luxury home perfect for waterbabies of all ages

first_img405 Brisbane Corso, YerongaDEEP water pontoon mooring, 30 metres of absolute waterfront and a 1,401sq m block may be outstanding features of this luxury Brisbane home, but the house itself comes pretty close too.The four bedroom, three bathroom, double garage house at 405 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga, is set to go to auction at 10am (Saturday June 10), and it’s hard to miss given its beautifully established gardens with extensive lighting.405 Brisbane Corso, YerongaAgent Judy Goodger said the property made a lasting first impression, with its quality suspended slab construction encompassing generous and versatile living spaces and no expense spared in its luxurious interior.“Open-plan areas seamlessly connect with separate, private spaces to cater for every member of the family, with the finest fixtures and finishes creating a sublimely relaxed yet sophisticated ambience,” Ms Goodger said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago405 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga“From the stone floors underfoot to the soaring ceilings overhead, this home allows natural light to reflect off of each polished surface.”At the heart of the middle level, family, dining and kitchen areas open to a covered outdoor space incorporating built-in surround sound and a built-in barbecue area with marble bench tops. From here, a heated pool with water feature can be reached, along with steps leading down to the yard and river beyond.Back inside, stone bench tops, Miele appliances, extensive storage and a walk-in pantry appoint the kitchen. To the left of the level the main bedroom also opens to the pool area while including a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite.405 Brisbane Corso, YerongaA rumpus room, separate living room and library with rich timber shelving and an office take over the front of the level, along with a double garage and games room.Three more bedrooms, a bathroom and media room take over the upper level of the residence, while downstairs houses a gym, laundry and storeroom, with the gym opening to a patio.405 Brisbane Corso, YerongaOther features of the property include ducted airconditioning, an alarm system, ample storage, a jacuzzi, sauna, gas fireplace and an electronic gated entrance with video intercom.“If you are looking for a wonderful and relaxing family lifestyle with direct river frontage you won’t be disappointed,” Ms Goodger said.The home is open for inspection from 9.30am to 10am (Saturday June 10), with the auction set to start at 10am.last_img read more

Credit Suisse pension fund business granted exemption from US ban

first_imgThe US department justified its decision to offer an exemption, rather than uphold the ban on Credit Suisse, by arguing that it would allow for the imposition of “stringent conditions” on the asset manager’s operations for the next decade, which would otherwise not be possible.“As a regulator,” it said in the note, “the department will proactively investigate the operations of the Credit Suisse QPAMs, review each exemption audit submitted by the independent auditor and take whatever action it deems necessary to ensure affected plans and IRAs are adequately protected.”A number of other European financial services groups are hoping for exemptions after pleading guilty in cases including the manipulation of LIBOR.Commenting on the department’s decision, a spokesman for Credit Suisse said: “We are pleased that the Department of Labor has granted our QPAM exemption following a rigorous evaluation process, and we look forward to continuing to work on our clients’ behalf.”,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to notice of exemption Credit Suisse’s US asset management business will not be barred from managing the assets of domestic pension funds, after it won a five-year exemption.The exemption – necessary after the Swiss bank last May pleaded guilty to helping US clients file false tax returns and received a 10-year ban – was granted by the US Department of Labor.In the note detailing the exemption, the department said it was Credit Suisse AG, the Zurich-based parent, that was subject to the conviction rather than its qualified professional asset manager (QPAM).Credit Suisse’s US asset managers will be required to undergo annual audits to ensure they comply with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), a prerequisite for the firm to be offered a further five-year exemption that would allow it to continue acting as asset manager for pension clients without interruptions.last_img read more