BNEF estimates new global solar installations in 2019 at 125GW, or more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 energy will march forward this year, due to “remorseless reductions in the costs of solar and wind electricity and of lithium-ion batteries,” Angus McCrone, the chief editor of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) wrote in a commentary. Clean energy will also make huge strides because of the “widening realization on the part of investors and corporations that there is this ‘sustainability thing’ and, for reasons of self-interest, they just need to do it,” McCrone added.Falling costs for wind and solar are great news, but they also make the headline investment figure appear less impressive. BNEF sees total clean energy investment hovering at around $300 billion, down from 2018’s $332.1 billion. But while investment totals will be down this year, as time marches on and costs continue to fall, every dollar invested brings more renewable energy capacity.The same will be true in 2019. For instance, BNEF predicts that the world will add between 125 and 141 gigawatts (GW) of new solar this year, sharply up from the ~109 GW added in 2018. For wind, BNEF sees capacity additions of 70 GW in 2019, up from 53.5 GW last year.One notable development is the rise of offshore wind. It will still remain a fraction of the wind installation total, but “eye-catching price drops” will make it a “must-have” technology this year, BNEF analysts argue. Europe is set to install 4.9 GW of offshore wind, with Asia installing 3.5 GW – both new record highs. BNEF says this will be the last year that Europe leads in offshore wind. From here on out, Asia will take over as the global leader.Energy storage hits a milestone in 2019 as well, adding 10 GWh of new capacity for the first time. China will “establish a truly global presence” in the energy storage market, with automakers increasingly seeking out Chinese suppliers. Average battery prices could fall below $150/kWh this year, down from $176/kWh last year, which itself was a record low.More: “Remorseless’’ cost reductions drive renewable energy revolution BNEF estimates new global solar installations in 2019 at 125GW, or morelast_img read more

Long Island Easter Egg Hunts 2017

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island is hopping with egg hunts, bonnet parades and Easter Bunny visits this weekend. Here is a listing of local events for the occasion. Happy Easter!!!Easter VillageVisitors will enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt, crafts, bounce houses, scavenger hunt, potato sack races, egg relay races, balloon twisting, face painting, pictures with live bunnies, as well as candy, popcorn, cookies and juice. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. $8-$12. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Apr. 15.Spring Egg HuntEgg hunts broken up into age groups, including tot garden, up to 2 years of age and general hunting grounds 3-8 years of age. Don’t forget your basket. No registration required. Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Rte 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. $6 adults, $4 kids, ages 3-12 & seniors 65 up; under age 3 and members free. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Apr. 15.Caumsett Foundation Members Annual Egg HuntMembers of the foundation and their families are invited to join the Annual Egg Hunt in the walled garden. Bring your basket and join the fun! In addition to refreshments, crafts and a petting zoo. Mr. Bunny and Mr. Carrot will be there to say hello. The event is for Caumsett Foundation members only. To sign up, visit Caumsett State Historic Park, 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Lloyd Harbor. $8 parking. 10:30 a.m. April 15.East Egg HuntBouncy houses, face painting and more! Rockville Centre village green, corner of Maple and Lee avenues. Free. 11 a.m. Apr. 15.EggstravaganzaInspect the Refuge egg & nest collection for ideas to create your own fun nest craft. You may want to bring a smock or an old shirt with you. We will decorate our own “nests” and color and decorate hard-boiled eggs to take home! A program for children ages 5-12. Reservations required, as space and supplies are limited. $8.00 per child. Dress appropriately, as the program may take place outside. Call 631-653-4771 to register! Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue. $8 per child. 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Apr. 15.Spring Egg Hunt and CelebrationA fun-filled day of face painting, games, stories, wildlife programs, egg hunts, animal presentations and a guest appearance by the Easter Bunny. Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown $5 kids, $15 adults. 12-4 p.m. Apr. 15.East Bonnet ParadeAn open invitation to wear decorative Easter Bonnets. Parade route starts in front of Muse restaurant and follows the Easter Bunny down Main Street to the Sag Harbor Garden Center petting zoo. Main St., Sag Harbor. Free. 1 p.m. Apr. 15.Easter Egg HuntsThere will be three different fields with different age groups per hunt. One for kids up to 4 years old, another for kids ages 5-7 and the third for kids ages 8 and up. All age groups will go at the same time in each hunt. Arrive 45 minutes or more prior to start time. Each hunt allows only a certain amount of kids within each field so that each child will have a good experience. This year we will have a variety of craft vendors each day. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures! No registration required. Benner’s Farm, 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., East Setauket. $8 adults, $6 kids. 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Apr. 15.Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Egg HuntKids will have 70 minutes to bounce, play, search & collect exactly six Easter Eggs hidden around our huge arenas and inside our gigantic inflatables. Kids then bring their found eggs to the Easter Bunny and he will give them a treat! The fun continues in the party room with a bagel breakfast & fun craft project! The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures on the Inflatable Throne and each child with a paid admission will also receive an awesome Goody Bag! Don’t forget Reservations are Required and Space is Limited! Pump It Up, 227-295 Community Dr., Great Neck. $19.95. 9 a.m. Apr. 15, 9 and 10:10 a.m. Apr. 16.Egg HuntCreate a bunny craft and then hop on down Peter Cottontail’s Trail to a special spot on the Refuge for an egg hunt. Each child will receive a special gift. A very popular program for children–strictly ages 2 to 4 years old, accompanied by an adult, sign up early! $15.00 per child. Space is limited. Reservations required and payment due at time of reservation. Call 631-653-4771 to register. Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue. $15 per child. 9:30, 11 a.m. Apr. 16.Sapphire Princess Easter Egg HuntEaster Brunch Cruise and egg hunt on a yacht. Captain Lou Fleet & Sapphire Cruises. 11 Richmond St., Freeport. $47-$67. 12-3 p.m. Apr. 16.Easter Parade and Egg HuntMayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Free. 12 p.m. Apr. 16.Easter Brunch Buffet and Egg HuntWith treats for both parents (first mimosa or bloody mary is free) and kids, festivities begin with an Easter egg hunt, followed by a petting zoo, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and brunch (which includes a cold table, waffle station, omelet station, breakfast buffet, Italian station, salad bar, carving station, Coney Island Kids station and dessert station). Woodbury Country Club, 884 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury. $55 adults, $25 kids 5-10, kids under 4 free. Reservations required. 12 p.m. Apr. 16.Egg HuntEaster brunch at a waterfront restaurant and egg hunt on the beach. The Crescent Beach Club, 333 Bayville Ave., Bayville.$20 kids, $55 adults. Apr. 16.last_img read more

Inwood Man Admits Sexually Abusing, Plotting to Kill Teen

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Inwood man has admitted to sexually abusing a teenager who worked for him and then trying to have the victim killed so that the victim couldn’t testify against him in court three years ago.Daniel Miller pleaded guilty Tuesday at Nassau County court to charges of criminal sexual act and conspiracy. He also pleaded guilty to grand larceny for stealing more than $206,000 in a check scheme.Prosecutors said the 47-year-old man, who owns Botanica, a religious supply store on Mott Street, gave the victim a cup containing a liquid mixed with Lorazepam, an anti-anxiety medication, and told him to drink it on Jan. 3, 2012.After he was arrested three months later, Miller’s family helped him concoct a $15,000 murder-for-hire plot, but an informant tipped off investigators before they could hire a hit man to make the victim’s death look like a robbery, authorities said.Miller’s mother, Mary, a secretary at a local high school, had stolen the personal records of the intended victim from the school in an attempt to facilitate the plot, prosecutors said. Mary and Miller’s sister, Ann, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2013.In addition to the sex crime and attempted hit, investigators also found that Miller was using shell companies he created to defraud three check-processing companies out of a combined $140,224 in 2009 and 2010, prosecutors said.Those same years, he also used fake checks from nonexistent companies to con $66,180 worth of merchandise out of two companies, one of which furnishes office supplies and the other being a computer supply firm, authorities said.Judge Angelo Delligatti is expected to sentence Miller on June 4 to nine years in prison and 10 years of post-release supervision. Prosecutors had asked the court to sentence Miller to a maximum of 18 years.last_img read more

Protests in Arizona and Other States Insist Votes Be Counted — or Not.

first_imgIn Minneapolis, hundreds of protesters blocked Interstate 94 and the police made arrests, with demonstrators taking to social media to say that the officers had “kettled,” or trapped them there, to prevent them from dispersing.Protests also cropped up in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and other cities. Some protesters called for all votes to be counted, but in other places their agenda was not entirely clear. Sometimes people on the same side of the election pursued opposing goals. In Detroit, a pro-Trump demonstration called for a halt to vote counting — echoing the president’s unfounded claim that illegally cast ballots were being tallied to flip the race to his opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr.- Advertisement – But in Maricopa County, Ariz., where Mr. Trump trails Mr. Biden, the president’s supporters took the opposite tack. They gathered outside the elections office and chanted, “Count those votes!” PORTLAND, Ore. — Protests arose around the country as the ballot tabulation in the final battleground states continued, with some demonstrators demanding that every vote be counted and others insisting that the counting be shut down.In Portland, where a “Count Every Vote” demonstration merged with another one focused on racial justice and police brutality, some people broke away from the group and smashed storefront windows in the downtown area. The police labeled the incidents a riot and swarmed in.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Case numbers climb, US deaths, Japanese school closings, mask shortages

first_imgMay 19, 2009World’s novel H1N1 cases near 10,000The global number of novel H1N1 cases climbed to 9,830 cases in 40 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The count includes 3,648 cases and 72 deaths from Mexico, 5.123 cases and 5 deaths in the United States (as of yesterday), 496 cases and 1 death in Canada, and 9 cases and 1 death in Costa Rica. No new countries were added to the list.[WHO update 33]US novel flu cases rise steadilyThe number of confirmed and probable novel H1N1 cases in the United States grew to 5,469, of which 6 were fatal, from 48 states and the District of Columbia, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. No new states reported confirmed cases. Alaska, West Virginia, and Wyoming remain the only states that have reported no cases. The May 17 death of a New York man is included in today’s CDC total.[Current CDC numbers]Flu role suspected in deaths of St Louis man, New York childOfficials from St Louis County, Mo., announced that a 44-year-old man who recently traveled to Mexico and was diagnosed as having a novel H1N1 infection died today, the Associated Press (AP) reported. An autopsy is under way to determine if an underlying condition contributed to his death, though the man appeared to be otherwise healthy. Meanwhile, other media outlets reported that New York City officials are investigating a possible novel flu link in the death of a 16-month-old boy.[May 19 AP story]Japan shutters 2,400 more schools to slow virus spreadJapanese officials have closed more than 4,400 schools in two prefectures that have reported dozens of novel H1N1 cases, up from about 2,000 closures reported yesterday, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. The affected areas are Osaka and Hyogo, in the central part of Honshu, Japan’s main island. The country now has 193 confirmed cases, and experts said the virus has probably already spread to Tokyo, the world’s most populated urban area.[May 19 AFP story]US mask, respirator stockpiles fall shortThe US stockpile contains only 39 million surgical masks, far short of the 27 billion federal officials say would be needed in a serious influenza pandemic, Time magazine reported. The nation’s supply of 80 million respirators also falls short of the government’s 3 billion estimate. Also, most of the masks are made in Mexico or China, and it’s unclear if the few US-based companies could supply enough for a serious outbreak. The CDC has said the benefits of wearing surgical masks are unclear.[May 19 Time magazine story]last_img read more

Emmanuel Petit tips Thierry Henry or Patrick Vieira to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Nov 2019 10:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link201Shares Henry has been out of work since he left Monaco (Picture: Getty)‘People may laugh at me but I wouldn’t mind seeing a former player on the bench,’ Petit told Paddy Power.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Is there a former Arsenal great you can call, like Thierry Henry or Patrick Vieira? Pick one: there are so many. You even have Freddie Ljungberg already in the dugout.‘Patrick has done a very good job over two years at Nice, though you don’t know what’s going to happen at that club as they’ve just been bought out by Ineos and Jim Ratcliffe. So we’ll need to wait a few months to see what’s going on there.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalRaul Sanllehi, Arsenal’s head of football, last week sent a defiant message to supporters that the club still backs Emery.But Petit believes the club are playing lip service to Emery and that they will be exploring other options.‘What the club came out and said about Emery’s job being safe is not true at all,’ said Petit.‘Everyone knows this the typical official language clubs send out to the press and fans when things are not going well, when they sense tension.‘This is a political answer and most of the time when I hear officials or shareholders talk like this it’s proof for me that they’re already thinking about sacking the manager. It’s the opposite of what they’re saying that might be true.’MORE: Tahith Chong says new Manchester United contract ‘will come naturally’ amid free transfer rumours Unai Emery is fighting for his job at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has tipped Thierry Henry or Patrick Vieira to replace Unai Emery at the Emirates.The Gunners have won just one of their last seven matches and Arsenal have been forced to give Emery the dreaded vote of confidence.The Spaniard’s overseen a disastrous second term at the Emirates that’s seen Granit Xhaka lose the club captaincy and fans turn against Emery for a clear lack of progress.Despite the public backing of the former Valencia boss, Emery is still being judged by a game-to-game basis .ADVERTISEMENTPetit, though, feels the Spaniard should be sacked and says that one of Vieira or Henry should replace him. Advertisement Advertisement Emmanuel Petit tips Thierry Henry or Patrick Vieira to replace Unai Emery at Arsenallast_img read more

Take a look inside this expansive Mount Ommaney home

first_imgStylish living.“Whenever we have people over it is usually around the kitchen and living area,” she said.Large arched windows in the living areas overlook the garden and greenery and the saltwater pool. 9 Sutherland Court, Mount OmmaneyIT WAS a hard decision for Anne Nance and her husband to move away from their Mount Ommaney home at 9 Sutherland Court. But with four bedrooms on an expansive 1220sq m block it felt a bit too big for the couple.“Our youngest left about eight years ago now,” Ms Nance said. “It was just impractical, we want to do more travelling and the big garden takes a lot of time.”When the family bought it back in 2002 she said it was everything they wanted in a Brisbane property. Perfect for summer.It has more than enough space for most families, with four bedrooms over three levels in an elevated cul-de-sac street.The downstairs area has room for storage of multiple cars under the house.“Right now my husband has a gym down there,” she said. The ground floor is the central area of the home, with a large recently renovated kitchen and living area. A room with a view.They has just moved from the nearby suburb of Westlake, but they wanted something a little bit bigger.“Only one family had lived there before us,” she said.“We had two teenagers and a younger one at the time, so they could have their own space and we could have ours.”The home was built by the previous owner at a time when the suburb was opening up to development. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago A very modern kitchen.There is a covered patio in the backyard that is ideal for outdoor entertaining throughout the warmer summer months. “We just loved it, it really was the perfect family house,” she said. The home is on the market now with a listed price of $1.3 million through Centenary Real Estate.last_img read more

Negative interest rate exemption for Swiss schemes ‘out of the question’

first_imgSwiss pension funds will have to accept negative interest rates on cash holdings or find alternative ways to house liquidity, the Swiss National Bank has warned.Soon after the SNB cut the peg between the Swiss franc and the euro on 15 January, it also introduced negative interest rates for holding banks’ capital.A negative rate of 0.75% was introduced on the deposit account balances Swiss banks hold with the SNB, and banks are now passing the cost on to their clients.In its statement from January, the SNB said it was “lowering interest rates significantly to ensure that the discontinuation of the minimum exchange rate does not lead to an inappropriate tightening of monetary conditions”. However, it also introduced a minimum exemption threshold 20 times the minimum reserve requirements, and each bank has individually set a certain threshold for clients’ accounts, above which negative rates are charged.Christoph Ryter, president at ASIP, the Swiss pension fund association, said this threshold had been “primarily” introduced to “protect retail clients at least partly” from the negative interest rates.But he also pointed out to IPE that “the major part of private people’s assets is not in bank accounts but in Pensionskassen”, which must pay for putting liquid assets into bank accounts.According to a recent survey by Credit Suisse, approximately 6.5% of the assets held by a sample of Swiss Pensionskassen were categorised as “liquid” assets.Applying this figure to the whole of Switzerland’s mandatory second-pillar system would mean that around CHF45.5bn (€37.2bn) is currently held in cash or similar instruments.ASIP recently called for an exemption for Pensionskassen and recommended they be granted accounts at 0% interest with the SNB.Over the weekend, however, SNB president Thomas Jordan told a local radio station that this was “out of the question”.He said the measure of introducing a negative interest rate “can only work if there is no possibility of side-stepping it”.Jordan added that “allowing all participants in the financial market to have a zero-interest account with us would weaken the measure”.Publica, the pension fund for federal employees, already has a special arrangement with the SNB for an account with a minimum 0% interest rate.In its petition to the SNB, ASIP had argued that all Pensionskassen should have the same opportunity, particularly given the fact they are non-profit financial market participants, unlike banks.Ryter said ASIP was disappointed by Jordan’s rejection of its proposal.He said that, while buffers help Pensionskassen to deal with the losses suffered in the wake of the SNB’s shock decision to cut the peg to the euro, persistently low interest rates meant pension funds’ return prospects were “very limited”.He said this, in turn, would put more pressure on reforms such as the Altersvorsorge 2020 package.Find out where the reform package stands now by reading IPE’s latest updatelast_img read more

Dutch roundup: Syntrus Achmea, AGH, NN IP, AZL, Dion Pensions Services

first_imgAccording to the chairman, the pension fund has also decided to leave asset manager Achmea Investment Management, formerly Syntrus Achmea Asset Management, as of 1 July.“Because we invest in US dollars and discount our liabilities against the dollar swap curve, we prefer a dollar-focused asset manager,” Linkels said.He said the pension fund was negotiating with four players, and that Achmea had declined to participate in the tender.In other news, the €300m pension fund of merchant bank NIBC has appointed NN Investment Partners as its fiduciary asset manager.NN IP is to provide strategic advice, liability-driven investment, operational balance management and management reporting.According to the NIBC scheme, it considered NN IP as a “sparring partner”, tasked with assisting the scheme’s board in seeking the best investment strategy, as well as implementation.Previously, the pension fund contracted out its asset management – in a passive mandate – to BlackRock, investing in the manager’s funds whilst almost fully following the index.Lastly, De Fracties, the €116m company scheme of Dutch food-ingredient company Loder Croklaan, has switched pensions provider AZL for Dion Pensions Services in Hardenberg, which focuses on small and medium-sized pension funds.De Fracties, a scheme with almost 750 participants and pensioners, declined to comment on the switch-over. The €285m pension fund for the Caribbean Netherlands has left Syntrus Achmea Pensioenbeheer for Rijswijk-based pensions provider AGH.Harald Linkels, chairman of the scheme for civil servants, care staff and teachers in Bonaire, Sint-Eustatius and Saba, said his relatively small and “exotic” pension fund felt more comfortable with a smaller provider.“We had a good relationship with Syntrus Achmea, but we noticed they focused on standardisation,” he said.“At AGH, we are able to collect the contribution through the pension benefits.”last_img read more

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