German development bank to underwrite Indian wind, solar projects

first_imgGerman development bank to underwrite Indian wind, solar projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:German state-owned development bank KfW will lend EUR 200 million (USD 228m) to India so as to help the country provide low-interest loans for around 200 MW of new renewable energy capacity.The bank has signed a credit line agreement with India’s Rural Electrification Corporate Ltd (REC), which plans to back solar and wind power projects, the lender announced this week. The specific loans will be supplemented by counterparty contributions of up to 30% from the borrowers and contributions from other lenders. The provided financing will target projects in the private sector and will support 200 MW of renewables. The new capacity, seen to meet the demand of about 270,000 homes, will help offset up to 285,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.“KfW’s financing to promote the increased use of renewables will make an important contribution to slowing the rise in greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the deficit in the power supply,” said Joachim Nagel, member of the KfW Group executive board.Additionally, REC will get a EUR 1-million grant from KfW to improve standards in the Indian energy sector, the German lender said.India’s goal is to have 175 GW of installed renewables capacity by 2022 and account for 50% of its total power generation. The target for solar and wind is 100 GW and 60 GW, respectively.More: Germany’s KfW to help fund 200 MW of renewables in Indialast_img read more

New pavilion serves as an indoor space for Spirit of Troy

first_imgThe Arthur Bartner Band Pavilion is located on the second floor of Lyon Recreation Center. An estimated 250 donors, alumni and students celebrated the opening of the center on Sunday. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan)The Arthur Bartner Band Pavilion officially held its open house Sunday for Spirit of Troy members to celebrate.Located on the second floor of the Lyon Recreation Center, the Pavilion — which includes locker rooms, a tuba and drum room, a lounge area and an audiovisual system — is the most notable upgrade for the band since 1995. It opened at the start of the fall semester.The lack of an adequate indoor practice space necessitated the development of the new facility, which is named after the band’s director.“It’s nice to have a rehearsal space we can call our own because before we didn’t have a rehearsal space that wasn’t outdoors,” Spirit of Troy Director of Public Relations Brett Padelford said. “We basically had to go wherever we could.” The band had been previously situated in the basement of Stonier Hall. However, that space lacked  locker rooms and space.“In our old spot at Stonier Hall downstairs in the basement, there was really no place for the band members to change or store their uniforms,” Padelford said. “We had people everywhere, trying to get ready [and] get into uniform.”Bartner said he had been trying to get the band a new space since he started working with Spirit of Troy in 1970, but was impeded by a lack of funds.“We outgrew [Stonier Hall] in the second year,” Bartner said. “I’d been … working through the bureaucracy [of the University] and couldn’t get the space, couldn’t get the funding, couldn’t get the donor.”However, this changed when two students attended a discussion with then-President C. L. Max Nikias in 2016 to address the problems with the Stonier Hall location. Bartner explained that Nikias agreed to open up a new space for the band after visiting the cramped basement. Plans for the Bartner Pavilion began immediately in January 2017. “The students who put in all this time, 10 to 15 hours a week, deserve a home,”  Bartner said. “They deserve a rehearsal hall.”According to Assistant Director of the Spirit of Troy Jacob Vogel, another feature of the Pavilion includes a surround-sound audiovisual system with a drop-down screen for the band to gather and critique past performances.“[The Pavilion] shows that the University cares about [the band],” Padelford said. “Before, there was a sense that we were kind of stuck in the basement, that the students didn’t matter as much. Now that we have our own space, [it] really shows how much that the band is important on campus.”Bartner said after working with the band for nearly 50 years,   he considers the opening of the Pavilion a personal triumph. “This is a dream come true for me, “Bartner said. “Every time I go over there, I’m in awe. It’s wonderful.”CORRECTION: A previous version of the story incorrectly stated that the Arthur Bartner Pavilion opened on Sunday. The pavilion held an open house on Sunday, and has opened at the start of the fall semester.last_img read more

Past the finishing post

first_imgPast the finishing postTrack Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1700 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)*1. BALLON D’OR LSteadman3 52.52. SHINE HPottinger4 56.0 11 1/2L3. CAPTAIN GRANVILLE ZMeikle 54.0 11 1/2L4. SEQUOYAH OnBeckford4 54.0 7LLate scratch : #4 LITTLEMISSEMMYWIN: $72.00Final Time : 1:47.4 Splits : 24.4, 47.4, 1:13.3,Winner : 4yo ch colt – FOREST DANGER – WAPTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : CHRISTOPHER M. BOORMAN & E. HALOUTE & S.NARINESINGH & M. ROBERTSBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.Qu: $90.00 Ex: $108.00Trifecta: $80.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. MAMETA OFoster 53.52. IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST DDawkins3 50.0 2 1/4L3. BRAVE HEART CBudhai 55.0 2 3/4L4. CONNOR JPatterson4 51.0 1 1/4LWIN: $102.00PLACE: $63.00, $1483.00, $131.00Final Time : 1:11.1 Splits : 24.1, 48.4Winner : 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT – BISCAYNE STARRTrainer: PATRICK LYNCH Owner : JUNEIL RACING STABLESBred by ONEIL PHILLIPSQu: $439.00 Ex: $693.00D/E: $126.00Superfecta: $6,165.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)NB5YO(NW2) & 6YO&UP(NW4)1. LEGENDARY PLEASURE SEllis 57.0*2. CAMOUFLAGE BebHarvey3 53.0 10 1/2L3. BATIDOR DE MUNDO JErwin 54.0 1 1/2L4. MISS DOROTHY JInnis4 48.0 NeckWIN: $185.00Final Time : 1:36.1 Splits : 24.2, 47.4, 1:14.2Winner : 6yo ch horse – WAR MARSHALL – FIGHT FOR PLEASURETrainer : DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner : GERAINT E PARCHMENTBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $304.00 Ex: $894.00D/E: $744.00Trifecta: $344.00Rolling Triple: $1,074.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES(DIV.I)1. LADY CARMEN WHenry 53.0*2. LOTTERY TICKET OWalker 55.0 5 1/2L3. COLLEEN JInnis4 49.0 7 1/2L4. IGNITION OMullings 53.0 1/2LLate scratch : #7 A VESSEL OF LOVEWIN: $147.00PLACE: $63.00, $55.00, $94.00Final Time : 1:08.4 Splits : 23.3, 47.2Winner : 3yo b filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – PRINCESS TALIATrainer : WINSTON MORRIS Owner : S.A.S. SYNDICATEBred by STAFFORD A. SUBRATIEQu: $137.00 Ex: $366.00D/E: $1,184.00Superfecta: $5,114.00Rolling Triple: $2,340.00Race 5 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES(DIV.II)*1. LIKE A LADY SEllis 53.02. MONTEGONIAN CBudhai 53.0 7L3. PHOTOGENIC HPottinger4 50.0 2 3/4 L4. RUNNING STAR BebHarvey3 53.0 Head5. RUNAWAY GAL OWalker 55.0 Neck6. MIRACLE RIVER OEdwards3 51.0 1 1/4LWIN: $106.00PLACE: $70.00, $157.00, $163.00Final Time : 1:09.2 Splits : 23.2, 47.1Winner : 3yo gr filly – MARKET RALLY – KNIGHTLEYTrainer : DWIGHT CHEN Owner : HAMARK FARMSBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $543.00 Ex: $748.00D/E: $289.00Trifecta: $2,479.00Hit-6: $161,738.50Rolling Triple: $2,635.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)NB4YO(NW4)*1. FORCE DE JOUR JPatterson4 53.0 4/52. SUPERIOR QUALITY AMartin 54.0 6 1/2L3. CRUISING MOTION JInnis4 53.0 Neck4. ZACKONTHEATTACK AChatrie 53.0 1 1/4LWIN: $91.00PLACE: $55.00, $91.00, $83.00Final Time : 0:58.3 Splits: 22.3, 45.2Winner : 5yo colt – SHARP HUMOR – SONG BIRD TOOTrainer : ROWAN MATHIE Owner : VINCENT MAINEBred by DOUG BRANHAMQu: $1,022.00 Ex: $1,172.00D/E: $272.00Superfecta: $6,332.00Rolling Triple: $1,430.00Super-6: $8,765.40Race 7 1300 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3 O/T)1. DREAMCOMETRUE JErwin 52.52. RAS EMANUEL RWilson 54.0 15/1 1 3/4L*3. DRIPPING IN GOLD RHalledeen 53.0 3/4L4. BONGO KING SEllis 54.0 4/1 3 1/4WIN: $431.00Final Time : 1:20.4 Splits : 23.0, 46.4, 1:12.4Winner : 4yo b filly – DEPUTY GLITTERS – SPACEDOUTTrainer : STEVEN TODD Owner: PATRICK MCKENZIEBred by EDISON CHAIQu: $1,914.00 Ex: $3,726.00D/E: $1,612.00Trifecta: $2,572.00Rolling Triple: $3,179.00Pick-4: $13,664.00Race 8 1000 M (R) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. JESSE’S FAVORITE OMullings 51.02. SIR LEYLAND HALL HPottinger4 50.5 2 1/2L3. KING WITHIN DDawkins3 51.0 3 1/2L4. KIMBERLY GOLD OEdwards3 50.0 3/4LLate scratch : #6 RISING POWERWIN: $85.00PLACE: $64.00, $306.00, $146.00Final Time : 1:01.4 Splits : 23.2, 47.3Winner : 4yo ch filly – ADORE THE GOLD – ANGELA’S FAVORITETrainer: PHILIP FEANNY Owner : 2 PENYUBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $710.00 Ex: $873.00D/E: $799.00 (3-6) $525.00Superfecta: $5,765.00Rolling Triple: $3,651.00Race 9 800 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)NB6YO&UP(NW3)*1. WINESHA LSteadman3 53.0 *3/52. REAL VIBES MACHINE RWilson 53.0 5 1/2L3. KING NEBARUE AntThomas4 51.0 Neck4. FABULOUSCONNECTION HPottinger4 52.0 Neck5. SHE GOOSE SEllis 55.0 1/2L5. DOOLAHIN JJackson 55.0 dead heatDNF #3 AWESOME MARQUE JErwin 52.0 14/1Late scratch : #1 BASIC INSTINCT, #12 MAC MACWIN: $86.00PLACE: $60.00, $124.00, $167.00Final Time : 0:46.3 Splits: 23.1Winner : 6yo ch mare – STORM CRAFT – POSITIVE VIBESTrainer : JOHNNY WILMOT Owner : SOLDIER CAMPBred by RAPHAEL E. GORDONQu: $466.00 Ex: $606.00D/E: (8-11) $106.00 (8-1) $68.00 (8-12) $146.00Trifecta: $3,433.00Hi-5: (11-7-14-10-9) $11,311.50 (11-7-14-10-13) $15,080.50Rolling Triple: $2,030.00PlacePot 8: $3,739.00LADY GEETA TROPHYRace 10 1200 M (Purse $1,200,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES1. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR OWalker 53.02. UPPA TUNE BebHarvey3 52.0 3/4L3. POTCHEEN JErwin 52.5 4 1/2L4. HOVER CRAFT JInnis4 47.5 HeadDNF: *POKER STAR RHalledeen 57.0WIN: $246.00Final Time : 1:12.2 Splits : 22.4, 45.4, ,Winner : 6yo b horse – NATURAL SELECTION – DESPERATEHOUSEWIFETrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ALFRED A. LEE & JEFFREY S. MORDECAIBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $725.00 Exacta: $1,425.00D/E: $1,141.00Trifecta: $1,058.00Rolling Triple: $1,685.00Race 11 1820 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. GENUINE FRIEND LSteadman3 53.02. WATER WAVE BebHarvey3 52.5 2L*3. MARIA’S GLORY HPottinger4 51.0 1 1/4L4. PARTY PRINCESS AndrePowell4 51.5 2 1/4L5. LARUSA OnBeckford4 50.0 4 1/2LDNF: #9 ROUGH PATRICK DDawkins3 54.0 9/5Late scratch : #7 GENERAL TOGO, #8 TROPICALDEPRESSIONWIN: $316.00PLACE: $103.00, $104.00, $68.00Final Time: 2:03.3 Splits: 27.2, 53.1, 1:19.3, 1:47.4Winner : 6yo b mare – ZAHAAZEH – GENUINE GOLDTrainer : LINTON CALDER Owner: LINTON CALDERBred by LINTON CALDERQu: $768.00 Ex: $2,150.00D/E: $1,792.00Trifecta: $1,428.00Hi-5: $145,383.00Rolling Triple: $9,503.00Pick-4: $8,432.00Super-6: $89,927.20Pick-9: $15,340.00; $411.00 Carry-over : $1,483,205.80last_img read more

Chapa Dimba winners to watch Spurs, Leicester EPL season finale

first_imgWhile in London, Kapenguria and Plateau will also have a training and mentorship session with Harambee Stars skipper and Tottenham midfield maestro Victor Wanyama.Football Kenya Federation President Nicholas Mwendwa (Middle) vibrantly engage some of the Kapenguria Heroes players, skimming through their travelling documents ahead of their check-in for their travel to London at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.“This is a dream come true for us and it is hard to believe that it is happening. We deeply thank Safaricom for fulfilling this promise and assisting us in processing our passports as well. It is a memorable moment for the entire team and the joy is incredible,” Plateau Queens coach Edwin Sakwa said.The tournament has produced players who have joined Kenyan Premier League sides and the national Under-20 teams with Kapenguria Heroes duo of striker David Majak and midfielder Fredrick Krop scouted by Kakamega Homeboyz.Winners of the Safaricom Chapa Dimba Championship Kapenguria Heroes team players Beko Gilbert (Left) in company of Brian Lumumba and Willington Kakuli display their passports in vibrancy before their check-in for their travel to London at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.“I cannot express my joy today, I am extremely happy. It is my first time to be on a plane. I will also get to meet victor Wanyama for the first time and it is a great opportunity. I hope this trip will make a difference in our football life professionally,” Kapenguria Heroes player Kennedy Wesonga said.Safaricom invested Sh100mn into the tournament launched in June last year which included Sh10mn worth of prizes as well as funds for renovation of select community pitches through a legacy programme.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chapa Dimba Winners; Plateau Queens players Mary Okumu (Left), in company of her mates JovyntineSimbe and Christine Awuor express their enthusiasm on a photo-call, vibrantly displaying their passports ahead of their travel to London at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11 – Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom winners Kapenguria Heroes and Plateau Queens will on Sunday enjoy a lifetime opportunity when they watch Tottenham Hotspur host Leicester City in the English Premier League season finale at the Wembley Stadium in London.The two sides travelled to United Kingdom for a five-day tour after lifting the Inaugural Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom tournament opened to players aged below 20 years, with Kapenguria (Rift Valley) eliminating Gor Mahia Youth in the Boys competition while Plateau (Nyanza) edged out Tartar Girls to earn the prestigious gift.last_img read more

$100m boost for business in Africa

first_img2 June 2006The Investment Climate Facility, a unique fund conceived to help Africa create a more attractive business environment and realise its potential as a global player and trading partner, was formally launched at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town on Thursday.A centre-piece of the WEF meeting, the Investment Climate Facility (ICF) received the full backing of the continent’s premier gathering of leaders in business and politics, and announced that it had successfully secured its first $US100-million of funding through a combination of sovereign donor and corporate funding.“With a defined seven-year life span, the ICF has set out clear objectives to drive investment in Africa, removing real and perceived obstacles to domestic and foreign investment, and preparing and promoting the continent as an investment destination,” the ICF said in a statement.These objectives include streamlining business registration, improving customs regulation, securing property rights and making financial markets more inclusive.‘Clear mandate to make a difference’“We are confident the ICF can have an immediate and sustained impact on Africa’s future growth and development,” said Reuters chairman and ICF co-chair Niall Fitzgerald. “It is a unique fund, highly accountable and focused, with a clear mandate to make a difference.”Initial sponsors of the ICF include Anglo American, Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Foundation, Unilever, SAB Miller, the UK Department for International Development, Ireland, the Netherlands, the European Commission and the International Finance Corporation.The ICF is structured on private sector principles and governed by an independent board responsible to the ICF’s investors as well as to African and other high-level stakeholders. It has the support of the African Union, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), the Commission for Africa, the G8 and Business Action for Africa.“Africa must achieve a sustained annual growth rate of 7% if it is to meet the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people living on less than US$1 a day by 2015,” said former Tanzanian president and ICF co-chair Benjamin Mkapa. “Improving the investment climate is a central catalyst in fulfilling this objective.”Reforming Africa’s investment climateThe ICF said it was “designed to complement rather than compete with other programmes. It is focused exclusively on reforming the investment climate across Africa – through practical action and measurable change.“The ICF’s level of resources, and its ability to draw upon skills and experience of African business, governments and regional bodies, enables it to work at regional and national level.”The ICF’s ambitious list of to-dos over the next few years include:Reducing red tape;Helping to secure property rights and make contract enforcement more efficient;Speeding up and simplifying business registration processes;Making financial markets more inclusive;Making labour markets more conducive to job creation;Ensuring that customs regulations are reformed to facilitate trade;Making tax systems easier to comply with;Making information and communication technology regulations more investment friendly;Promoting competition;Pursuing initiatives to reduce corruption and crime; andPromoting Africa’s image as an attractive investment destination.“The ICF will not finance commercial ventures of hard infrastructure,” the body said in its statement. “No projects that are to the benefit of one particular company may be funded by the ICF. All projects will be for the benefit of the business community as a whole.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

With NZE as an Option, a Modular Series Launches in Maine

first_imgIn the summer of 2008, Kaplan Thompson Architects, based in Portland, Maine, unveiled a 640 sq. ft. detached studio called BrightBuilt Barn. The building’s principal components were prefabricated and designed to be relatively easy to replicate and adapt to other larger configurations.One of the highlights of BrightBuilt Barn was its energy efficient performance. Its walls, floor, and roof were insulated to R-40. The structure was assembled to a high degree of airtightness and equipped with solar power and solar hot water. Kaplan Thompson had worked with Bensonwood Homes, a fabricator and installer in New Hampshire, and several green-construction specialists to build the studio as a prototype for a line of modular homes that would, with a little help from renewable-energy sources, operate at net zero energy.Another home designed by Kaplan Thompson – a 1,680-sq.-ft. site-built house with three bedrooms and two and a half baths – incorporated the same level of energy efficient construction and helped put Keiser Homes, a modular specialist based in Oxford, Maine, on the path to a partnership with the architecture firm.The evolution of a modular lineThat alliance has led to what Kaplan Thompson now calls the Modular Zero Collection, which, once it is in full production, will incorporate many of the features of BrightBuilt Barn but with a size range that begins 940 sq. ft., roof assemblies that are insulated to R-60 rather than R-40, and a cost structure intended to make the buildings affordable. The alliance seemed like a good fit for Keiser in part because the company had been building some of its homes to Energy Star standards but also was looking to develop a product line even more firmly rooted in green construction.“We think this is the direction of the future,” Josh Saunders, Keiser’s sales manager, said in a story published this week by Ecohome magazine. “Even more than sustainable, energy efficient is what people are going to gravitate to. That’s where the payback is.”The Modular Zero Collection will feature three models: Chebeague (940 sq. ft., two bedrooms, two baths, with prices starting at $205,000); Peak (1,200 sq. ft., two bedrooms, two baths, with prices starting at $205,000); and Great Diamond (1,680 to 2,200 sq. ft., three bedrooms, two and a half baths, starting at $235,000). Prices exclude land, renewable-energy systems, and utility installation. All of the models feature standing-seam metal roofs, 50-year siding, low-flow water fixtures, and FSC-certified wood products.Kaplan Thompson principal Phil Kaplan told Ecohome he expects the attraction for buyers will be a bit less about price, though, and more about wanting a home that is durable, comfortable to live in, and inexpensive to operate.last_img read more