India to benefit from China solar reforms

first_imgIndia to benefit from China solar reforms FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:India may be the biggest beneficiary of solar industry reforms in China that are poised to reduce prices for photovoltaic panels.China announced last week it was halting approvals of some new solar projects this year and cutting subsidies to developers to ease its pace of expansion. That’s expected to slow demand in the world’s biggest market, weakening prices, and force the country’s manufacturers to ship more panels overseas.Tariffs in India’s next solar auction scheduled for mid-June may fall below the 2.44 rupees per kilowatt hour record set May 17 last year, said Sanjay Sharma, general manager at Solar Energy Corp. of India, the agency responsible for implementing India’s renewable targets.“India will be a big beneficiary of a fall in module prices,” said Vinay Rustagi, managing director at solar research firm Bridge to India. “If China’s demand weakens as expected, module prices should come down dramatically in the second half of the year and into the next.”India is seeking to boost its clean energy generation as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to double India’s renewable power capacity to 175 gigawatts by 2022, a target second only to China, as part of his plan to spearhead global efforts to combat climate change.India’s maximum annual solar-cell manufacturing capacity is about 3 gigawatts while average yearly demand is 20 gigawatts, meaning the remainder needs to be procured on the international market, according to a December statement from India’s Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.More: India sees record low solar prices returning on China reformslast_img read more

Rijeka Airport: Traffic on the Rijeka-Munich route is not yet satisfactory, but we expect growth from year to year

first_imgThe year-round Rijeka-Munich route is already operating, ie it has continued uninterruptedly after the summer season, they point out from Rijeka Airport, and currently Croatia Airlines can fly to Munich every Thursday and Sunday with a Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. “The current traffic on this line is not very satisfactory since the average occupancy of aircraft in the past winter months was only 25%. However, this occupancy should be taken with a large amount of reserve since it is only the first year of this line during the winter, and potential passengers are not yet sufficiently aware of its existence, ie with winter lines it is normal that the habit of traveling during the winter is formed only after 3-4 years of turnover. The same can be seen from our experience with the year-round line to Cologne, which was introduced last winter, and this year continued with a change of destination to Düsseldorf, but these two cities are only 40km away, so it can be said that they are the same market. ” stand out from Rijeka Airport. The opportunity is there, let’s use it. If the route is not profitable in 2-3 years, it will be canceled, which gives a clear signal to other airlines. Namely, last year the average occupancy of aircraft on the line Rijeka – Cologne was 40%, while this year the percentage has risen to 55%. These are funds that help establish the year-round Rijeka-Munich airline. Until now, Rijeka has been connected to Munich via Croatia Airlines on Thursdays and Sundays from October 28.10.2018, 30.3.2019. to March 2018, 2019, and in accordance with the new financial resources, the mentioned line continued during XNUMX as well as in XNUMX, so Kvarner is connected by a year-round line with Munich. Rijeka Airportcenter_img The decision of the Tourist Board provided additional funds for the implementation of strategic marketing campaigns in emitting markets in 2019 for advertising in cooperation with Croatia Airlines and the Kvarner Tourist Board, which provides funds for this cooperation in the same amount as the CNTB.  By the way, after last year’s record season in which 30% growth was achieved in passenger transport, four new lines were opened at Rijeka Airport in 2019, and new lines are being opened. “In 2019 For now, we have confirmed the arrival of 4 new airlines: TUI, Volote, Lufthansa and Air Serbia, which will fly to 3 new destinations: London Gatwick, Marseille and Belgrade, and the already existing Munich. Belgrade will be another year-round line that will continue to operate after the summer season. Negotiations are currently underway with some other companies, but so far we have not confirmed any other new lines. ” conclude from Rijeka Airport. What is the most difficult and most important is to open a direct flight with a destination, it is the first prerequisite for the growth of tourism, especially in the pre- and post-season. And having a direct year-round line with Cologne and Munich is a big plus for the whole of Kvarner. Now it is necessary to sit at the table, all tourism workers, and target the mentioned markets in order to create demand, and thus the profitability of the line. This is an opportunity not to be missed. Out of the tourist season, Kvarner can certainly build its opportunity through events, health, active and business tourism. last_img read more

Voter fraud panel is gone, but threat isn’t

first_imgPresident Donald Trump has dissolved a commission he established that was predicated on the fabrication that American elections are rife with corruption.As the institutional embodiment of one of the president’s more outlandish lies — that voter fraud accounted for Hillary Clinton having received 2.9 million more votes in the 2016 presidential election — the panel, known as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, convened just twice.It was sued repeatedly, met with contempt from state election officials of both parties, had no impact on the conduct of elections and will be little missed.It would be comforting to say that’s the end of the story, and that the absence of evidence of significant voter fraud discredits the entire issue.In fact, even though his voter-fraud panel was exposed as a fraud itself, Trump and some others in his party show no signs of dropping their unfounded contentions, for one big reason.They provide a pretext to rationalize voter suppression.Restrictive voter-ID laws and other such stratagems are the GOP’s main means of fighting the electoral consequences of long-term demographic trends empowering minorities and other constituencies that tend to favor Democrats.By mid-century, whites are projected to make up less than half the U.S. population, a chilling prospect for Republicans. Most prominent Republicans have tiptoed around Trump’s vitriolic crusade to delegitimize the nation’s electoral system.Even Vice President Mike Pence, who chaired the voter-fraud commission, seemed content to keep it at arm’s length and firmly in the hands of the vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.Kobach is a Republican notorious for his rabid voting fraud conspiracy theories and immigrant-bashing.Nonetheless, phony fears of voting fraud have had a very real effect on Republican state officials, candidates and especially lawmakers across the country.Emboldened by the president’s hyperbole, they have continued to press for more exclusionary voting laws and to lend credence to nonsense about corrupt elections.That’s just one example, but a particularly toxic one, of how Trump debases his own party. Trump himself made no bones about the pretext he hopes his baseless assertions will provide.“Push hard for Voter Identification!” he tweeted Thursday after he dissolved the commission, while also repeating the falsehood that U.S. voting is “rigged.”In service of perpetuating that fallacy, the president announced he had instructed the Department of Homeland Security “to review its initial findings and determine next courses of action.”Thus did Trump make clear his intention to politicize an executive agency with 240,000 employees.The test for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, sworn into office a month ago as the sixth person to hold that job, is whether she’ll permit it to happen.If Homeland Security officials are deployed to comb through voter registries, they may find minor, statistically insignificant cases of illegal voting.In the process, they also will do grave damage to their department, giving Americans ample reason to believe they have been coerced into running an overtly partisan errand.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post: More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Brandon Ingram finds drive to improve for Lakers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He was aggressive and didn’t shy away from contact,” Randle said. “BI is a buck 20 (actually 190) but he is going up and dunking on people. It shows the potential he has. He’s going to be great for a long time.”As a result, Ingram averaged 13.5 points on 51.7 percent shooting and 4.1 rebounds through 11 starts in March, a sharp increase from the 8.2 points per game he averaged on a 37.1 percent clip in previous months. As for his increased dunks and drives to the rim, Ingram believed those moves “just shows how much more comfortable I got on the basketball floor.”“I knew I was going to get better throughout the months of this season,” Ingram said. “It’s all mental. When you want to play basketball and you get paid for playing basketball, you want to do it every single day. I don’t think I’ll be tired of doing it.”The Lakers did not appear tired with complementing Ingram, either.“Brandon really got better,” Brewer said. “He’s a rookie so he works his butt off. At the end of the year, you’ve seen he started to be more aggressive. I think he’s going to have a big year next year.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO >> With the ball in his hands and a screen set for him, Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram performed a series of moves that had not always defined his mindset.He looked to score instead of worrying about others. He charged toward the lane without appearing intimidated a defender might knock around his 6-foot-9, 190-pound frame. He then soared over New Orleans rookie forward Cheick Diallo, threw down a one-handed dunk over him and then let out his emotions.“When he jumped to block it, (Ingram) was still above him,” marveled Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., who knows a thing or two about dunking. “He’s got those go-go gadget arms. It doesn’t even look like he’s jumping that high, but his arm is two feet above the rim.”That play represented more than just a highlight reel toward the end of the Lakers’ 2016-17 season. It showcased Ingram’s aggressiveness, a trait that explained why Nance, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Nick Young, Corey Brewer and Tyler Ennis singled out Ingram as the young core’s most improved player.center_img The Lakers did not always offer such praise toward Ingram so freely. Though Ingram admitted having ambitions to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award, he hardly posted the kind of numbers warranted for consideration. Although the Lakers liked his work ethic, attitude and fundamentally sound game, Ingram entered the NBA All-Star break ranking seventh in his rookie class in scoring (8.0) and 18th in field-goal percentage (38.6).During those times, Clarkson said he often teased Ingram on how he attacked the basket. As Clarkson recalled, “he used to look like a string bean and double pump it a lot of times when he’s going to the rim trying to finish.” Though Ingram downplayed feeling intimidated with his skinny frame, he admitted some fear in facing the likes of Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard did.“Before when you come into the league, you kind of show a little too much respect to some of those stars in the league,” Ingram said. “I definitely thought I could attack them. I definitely try to get some respect in this league and show how I’m going to come back.”So with Ingram in New Orleans for the Rising Stars Challenge as part of NBA All-Star weekend, he spent his free time reflecting on the good and the bad.He began realizing his reluctance to become a vocal leader did not necessarily stem from his publicly stoic demeanor.“It’s always hard,” Ingram said. “You’re the rookie that comes in. These guys up here have been in this league so long. So many of the stuff you tell them, they already know.”He further studied NBA stars, such as Durant and Leonard, on how they dissect defenses.“They’re going to attack you every chance they get,” Ingram said. “The common factor is they all attack you in different ways. They definitely have a lot of things in their tool box.”Ingram also found comfort in his previously steady growth. Lakers coach Luke Walton had assigned him various responsibilities as a ball-handling guard, a wing defender and post player. The Lakers liked that Ingram frequently worked with assistant coach Brian Keefe in practice and pregame workouts to improve the consistency in his shooting and finishing. In early February, Walton had also named Ingram a definitive starter over veteran Luol Deng to accelerate his development.So, Ingram returned determined to build off of that foundation.“I’ve gotten more confident, especially in the months of January and after All-Star a little bit,” Ingram said. “It all took repetition. You have to put up a certain amount of shots before you definitely feel comfortable in this league. I became more vocal on the basketball court. When the mentality is there and the focus is there, you shock yourself a little bit.”The Lakers were not shocked with Ingram’s growth. They selected him No. 2 in the 2016 NBA draft for a reason. But after observing Ingram had “a rough time” to open the season, Nance then saw Ingram as “a completely different dude on the court and off the court.”“A switch went off,” Nance said. “There was not anybody who could guard him.”With Ingram simply describing his rookie season as “OK” given the Lakers’ third-worst NBA record (26-56), he and the Lakers’ front office outlined an extensive to-do list this summer. He plans to train with Kobe Bryant, compete in Summer League and bulk up in the weight room. But with every drive to the basket he made, Ingram gave his teammates stronger confidence about his future.“You see toward the end of the year he’s going to the rack strong and keeping the ball high, finishing and dunking on people,” Clarkson said. “He’s going to be a great player in this league once he gets it going.”last_img read more

Watch: Gimnasia fans eagerly await the arrival of Diego Maradona with a chainsaw!

first_imgAdvertisement 9fkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1swWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewcde( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ah0seWould you ever consider trying this?😱6p1Can your students do this? 🌚uq0s0Roller skating! Powered by Firework Diego Maradona is by himself a legacy, a phenomenon, largely due to his exploits as a football player. Rarely, there has been a dull moment in whatever venture the Argentina has undertaken after his playing career.Advertisement Yesterday it was announced that Maradona has been appointed the manager of Argentinean club Gimnasia , who’re sitting bottom of the table with only one point in 5 games.Advertisement He took to Instagram to thank the club’s president for the position.“Finally it’s now official,” Maradona wrote. “I am very happy to be the new coach of Gimnasia.Advertisement “I want to thank the president Gabriel Pellegrino for this opportunity and say to all the fans that we are going to work with our hearts and souls for El Lobo [the wolf, Gimnasia’s nickname].”However, the most exciting part of this news is how thrilled some fans are , especially one particular individual who took to the streets waltzing a chainsaw. Watch it below : Advertisementlast_img read more