Greece awards contracts for 472MW of new wind power, including a new record-low bid

first_imgWind power prices continued to fall as Greece in its latest onshore auction awarded contracts for more than 472MW of projects with combined average levelised cost of energy of €55.67/MWh ($65.37/MWh).The tendering round included a winning bid by Greek developer Ascent Power of €53.86/MWh, which was a new record low for Greece, while the highest bid was at €57.70/MWh.A total of 25 projects with a combined 748MW in capacity entered the oversubscribed tender, showing a higher level of competition than in previous tenders, European wind energy body WindEurope noted in a statement.Greece at the end of June had an onshore wind capacity of 3.9GW, meeting 14% of the Southern European country’s electricity needs during the first half of 2020.According to its National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) submitted to the EU, Greece aims to increase its wind energy capacity to more than 7GW and to reach a 35% share of renewables in final energy consumption by 2030.[Bernd Radowitz]More: Greece reaches record low price in ‘highly competitive’ onshore wind power tender Greece awards contracts for 472MW of new wind power, including a new record-low bid FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:last_img read more

US Intercepts 2.200 Kilograms of Cocaine in the Caribbean

first_imgBy Dialogo April 27, 2012 A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office reconnaissance P-3 airplane, operating out of National Air Security Operations Center-Jacksonville (NASOC-JAX), detected two go-fast vessels carrying more than 2,200 kilograms of cocaine with a combined value of more than $362 million. On April 20, a P-3 operating in the Western Caribbean spotted two go-fast vessels 120 miles off the coast of Panama. The two 40-foot twin-engine vessels were spotted speeding north and appeared to be loaded with numerous packages when the Florida-based CBP P-3 began tracking them. Local law enforcement assets were vectored in to pursue the two vessels, which attempted to evade authorities. One vessel abandoned the contraband before arriving on shore, while the second go-fast was seized nearby. A U.S. Navy vessel operating in the area retrieved 89 bales of cocaine from the scene. This seizure is in addition to the $2.8 billion detected by the CBP P-3s operating out of Jacksonville, Fla. and Corpus Christi, Texas since October 2011. The P-3s’ distinctive detection capabilities allow highly-trained crews to identify emerging threats well beyond the land borders of the U.S. By providing surveillance of known air, land, and maritime smuggling routes in an area that is twice the size of the continental U.S., the P-3s detect, monitor and disrupt smuggling activities before they reach shore.last_img read more

Ezell wins Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award

first_img March 1, 2006 Regular?News Ezell wins Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award Ezell wins Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award Jan Pudlow Senior Editor You could say that Katherine Ezell’s pro bono spirit was sparked when she was only 7 years old and, along with her friends, founded the Good Deed Club. Saving money earned for doing chores, they would buy clothes and secretly make sure they were given to needy children.Fifty-two years later, Miami attorney Ezell stood in a packed courtroom at the Florida Supreme Court to receive what Chief Justice Barbara Pariente called the “Academy Awards of the legal profession” — the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award.In accepting the award, Ezell thanked a lot of people, including her parents for teaching by example about community service, her Girl Scout leader for showing her the satisfaction of trying to do a good deed every day, and her law firm Podhurst Orseck, P.A., for indulging her quest to do pro bono work.“Most of my pro bono cases have had to do with children who are stuck in the quagmire of our dependency system,” Ezell said. “I agree with Marian Wright Edleman [founder of the Children’s Defense Fund] who said, ‘We don’t have a child to waste. Any nation that will allow its children to be the poorest of its citizens is spiritually impoverished.’“And Sen. Robert Kennedy reminded us: ‘If a free society cannot help those who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.’“I am not a visionary, like these leaders. I am a plodder, just doing what I do, case by case and child by child. But I have learned more about life and the power of the law through these cases than through a hundred CLE courses,” Ezell said.Chief Justice Pariente said Ezell has handled “some of our most heart-wrenching cases.. . . If I had one word to summarize the focus of her pro bono career, that word would be ‘children.’”In one case, Ezell devoted more than 500 hours to represent two young sisters who survived a nightmarish childhood. The oldest child, then 4, witnessed quadruple murders, including torture.After a long time, Ezell said, they were able to terminate the mother’s parental rights, and the children have a happy home now, and the 4-year-old is almost an adult.“What I found remarkable is that not only has she worked on individual cases, but she has been able to foster unique collaborative partnerships with parties, family members, and agencies, resulting in the thoughtful, realistic, and long-term resolution in even the most contentious cases,” Pariente said. “To me, that is a sign of a great lawyer.”The great lawyer who is the namesake of the highest public honor the Supreme Court confers on a private lawyer is Tobias Simon.“I am grateful, awed, and humbled to have been selected to receive this award,” Ezell said. “Fortunately, I had just a glimmer of an opportunity to know Toby Simon before he died. I remember his passion and his fearlessness in the face of sometimes being ridiculed or being targeted for disdain. A judge I know recently described him as being ‘a grand champion for good.’”When she asked Bob Josefsberg, at her law firm, about Simon, she said he told her: “Toby had strong convictions about right and wrong. He never lectured or bullied. He would calmly sit and reason with his opponent.. . . No one ever litigated against Toby Simon without sitting down finally and having a cup of coffee and a conversation. Toby didn’t care about money, power, or fame. All he wanted was for every human being to be free to do what he wanted and had the right to do, or to have what he was entitled to have under the law.“It is my hope that in accepting this award, I will remember to try to be more like Toby Simon. Indeed, I hope we all will,” Ezell said. “As lawyers in a free society, we have innumerable choices of ways we can serve.”In presenting the Distinguished Judicial Service Award to Second Circuit Chief Judge Charles Francis, Pariente said, “This award goes to a judge whose pro bono contributions began long before the days when he wore a robe, when he frequently gave pro bono service as a member and past president of the Tallahassee Bar Association, one of the few voluntary bar associations with a mandatory service program.”She noted he served on the “A Team” of the Trial Court Budget Commission helping with “one of the most perilous recent challenges” of the implementation of the court funding shift of Article V, Revision 7.“Now he is busily at work on the next great frontier we face in the 21st century, and I hope it won’t go into the 22nd century, the technological unification of our state justice system,” Pariente said, of Francis’ chairmanship of the Article V Technology Committee.Judge Francis said he is receiving his award on behalf of all of those who actually do the work out in the field. He praised the Legal Aid Foundation and North Florida Legal Services who “coordinate a massive number of volunteer attorneys” and answered his call to fill the void of representing children in abusive dissolution cases, when the guardian ad litem program had to withdraw.“That is who deserves all the recognition and honor. I am just able to have a good job that allows me to speak now and then and try to help them,” Francis said.Pariente noted that almost half of abused and neglected children in Florida do not have a guardian ad litem, even though it is required by law. Quoting a Legal Services Corp. report, she said, less than 20 percent of low-income Americans’ legal needs are being met.While proud of the 1.5 million hours and $3.8 million in cash Florida lawyers have contributed to pro bono efforts, Pariente said: “We must never, ever rest on our accomplishments. We can do better, and we must do better.”Florida Bar President Alan Bookman noted pro bono contributions continue to rise.“We read in the paper every day about lawyers who win big cases for clients. We read in the paper every day about lawyers who steal money from their clients. We don’t read in the paper of the fine works that these honorees receive. And I think that’s a shame. Because these are the true heroes of The Florida Bar, and I honor you and I congratulate you.”last_img read more

What to do after paying off a debt

first_imgDepending on whether you’ve got hundreds or thousands of dollars in credit card debt, paying it off can feel like a huge accomplishment or just like paying a bill. If you use your credit card regularly (for the rewards of course), paying it off at the end of the month may not be an activity you think much about. But if you’ve amassed a giant pile of debt, paying it off can feel like a huge weight off your back. But don’t just appreciate the accomplishment and forget about it. It’s time to be proactive! Here are some steps you should take after paying off a debt…Step back and take a gander: Slowly paying on your debt each month is something to be proud of. It’s not easy, but you made it to the finish line. In order to make that happen, you probably had a budget in place that maximized your debt payments in order to get to this point. But you don’t have payments to make anymore. Now it’s time to look over your budget again and figure out what needs to be changed. Maybe you had to cut back in some areas that made money feel tight while you’re working on that debt. Maybe you haven’t treated yourself in a while. Either way, fixing your budget so it doesn’t feel so tight can be quite a relief.Save money: When sacrifices have to be made in order to become debt-free, your savings can often be what takes a hit. If things didn’t feel that tight while you were working on your mountain of debt, your best (and easiest) option is to move that cash into your emergency fund. I would rework my direct deposit to send that monthly amount right into my savings account so I wouldn’t even have to think about.Set a goal: Whether you’re thinking about taking a tropical vacation or starting a side hustle, using the money you’ve budgeted for debt payments is an exciting way to transition those funds. Consider opening up another savings account or getting a really big Mason Jar.Stop going into debt: Don’t be the person who pays off a debt and then splurges on something and starts right back on the road you just got off of. Every time you log into your mobile banking app, look at that zero balance and let that happiness keep you from investing in more money woes. 95SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,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

Pennsylvania restaurants and bars increase indoor capacity

first_imgBingham’s Restaurant has opened up more sections and added more tables for indoors and outdoors seating.? Restaurants and bars are not able to sell alcohol after 10 p.m. and must continue to follow all COVID-19 guidelines. KINGSLEY, Pa. (WBNG) — Starting Monday, restaurants and bars can increase indoor capacity to 50 percent. Dave Scarpetta, owner of Bingham’s Restaurant, says he’s excited to be able to seat more customers inside.? Scarpetta also mentioned the restaurant is shifting their focus on how to keep their customers seated outside warm with colder weather around the corner. Before expanding capacity, restaurants will have to complete a self-certification process ensuring they will be following all health safety guidelines. “I’m sure the whole staff is happy because they have the chance to seat more people, to accommodate more of our dedicated customers,” Scarpetta said. last_img read more

China’s avian flu deaths reach 6; Indonesia reports case cluster

first_imgJan 18, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Chinese authorities today announced another human death from the H5N1 avian influenza virus, raising the government’s case count to nine, including six deaths, according to a Reuters report.A 35-year-old woman with the surname of Wei died in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Jan 11, Reuters reported. That was a week after the onset of her fever and pneumonia, according to Bloomberg News. She worked as a poultry farmer, and people who had contact with her are being closely monitored, the Bloomberg story said.Reuters said poultry had been dying in the woman’s village, but China’s Health Ministry, which published information about the case, did not say whether the poultry had tested positive for H5N1.Another Turkish child infectedThe World Health Organization (WHO) had not updated its case count to reflect the new Chinese case at this writing. However, WHO today confirmed the 21st human H5N1 infection in Turkey, involving a 4-year-old boy whose case was announced yesterday by Turkish officials. He became sick Jan 5 and is hospitalized in Erzurum province, the agency said.A news report from Ankara published today by the United Nations’ Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) news service said initial investigation suggests the boy became sick after eating chicken. He is from Dogubayazit in eastern Turkey’s Agri province, site of the four deaths from H5N1 that have occurred in Turkey.Despite the new human case, the news from Turkey may be improving. The WHO update said intensive education and culling efforts are expected to reduce “opportunities for human infections to occur.” In addition, Reuters reported yesterday that five H5N1 patients had recovered and been discharged from hospitals that day. Many of the remaining 12 people in hospitals were in stable condition, but one patient’s condition was described as serious.Indonesian cluster growsIndonesian authorities were investigating what one health official described as the “cluster with the largest number of patients” they had seen, according to a Bloomberg story published today.The cluster involves four people in one family, including a 13-year-old girl who died on Jan 14 and her 3-year-old brother, who died yesterday. Both tested positive for H5N1, said Hariadi Wibisono, director of vectorborne disease control at the Indonesian Ministry of Health, as quoted by Bloomberg. Those tests were done locally and have not yet been confirmed by the WHO-accredited laboratory in Hong Kong.Another sibling, a 15-year-old girl, is improving in a hospital while investigators re-test tissue samples from her throat to determine whether she has an H5N1 infection, the news service reported.Meanwhile, the father of all three children has been hospitalized after experiencing similar flu-like symptoms, the Bloomberg story said. Wibisono said this is the fifth cluster of infections in Indonesia since July.See also: Jan WHO update on the situation in Turkeyhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_18/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Fearful Hong Kongers rush to secure limited British passports

first_imgShortly before Hong Kong was handed back to China, Simon Ng applied for a British National (Overseas) passport, a document he never thought he’d need. Now he is considering whether to use it to emigrate.China’s plan to impose a sweeping national security law on the city in response to huge pro-democracy protests has Ng mulling the prospect of leaving, the first time he has contemplated such action since Britain returned the former colony in 1997.”Back then, like many of my peers, I thought China would reform and there was hope,” the 52-year-old assistant professor told AFP.? Youngsters keen to leaveA recent survey of more than 800 Hong Kongers by the Chinese University found those aged between 18 and 24 reported the strongest desire to emigrate, with over 50 per cent considering it.Yet most of those under 23-year-old, who formed the bedrock of last year’s protests, are not currently eligible for BN(O) status.?Recent graduate Asuka Law, 23, was three months old at handover so is eligible for (BN(O) status. She is planning to leave as soon as October, using a scheme Britain offers people under 30 from certain countries to live and work there for two years.She fears the right to dissent will soon disappear from Hong Kong.?“I don’t think I have that much time left,” Law said.?“It’s hard to do anything more in this city as every single objection will be met with an iron fist.”She said she wants to start a business overseas to help fellow Hong Kongers.?“Someone will have to do the job of providing a safety shelter,” she said.Law’s friend Reese Tan, a 25-year old tutor, is also trying the youth scheme.He vowed to continue his “fight for Hong Kong” overseas by joining campaigns for international support.”I am not escaping. Hong Kong will always be my home,” Tan said.? “But now, this is really a dark moment, and the future is quite likely to be even worse.”BN(O) status was the product of an earlier round of similar fears.The run up to the 1997 handover was a febrile time.?While Ng was optimistic, many other Hong Kongers worried about what rule by authoritarian communist China might mean for the city’s freedoms and thriving capitalist system. Topics :center_img ‘Path to citizenship’Beijing says the law — which will bypass Hong Kong’s legislature — is needed to tackle “terrorism”, “separatism” and restore confidence in a city rocked by a year of unrest.?But critics fear it will bring mainland-style political oppression to a business hub supposedly guaranteed freedoms and autonomy for 50 years after its handover.Britain views the law as a breach of that handover deal and in response has said it will look into extending the immigration rights of those with BN(O) status, including a possible “path to citizenship”.There are currently some 350,000 BN(O) passport holders — a figure that nearly doubled in the last twelve months during as the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters raged.But some 2.9 million people — anyone born before 1997 — are eligible for BN(O) status and Britain has said any citizenship plan will also include them.The announcement has sparked fury in Beijing which has in turn accused London of breaching its handover commitments.In recent weeks Hong Kongers have flocked to sign up, forming queues outside post offices and courier companies to send documents.But Ng says he faces a dilemma — neither his wife, nor their two children have BN(O) status and Britain has yet to say whether family will be included.”I am propelled to leave but I am also helpless, like being pushed into the sea with no boat to board,” Ng said. As a result Britain offered anyone born before handover the option of applying for a BN(O) passport.?The document was of limited value. It gave Hong Kongers access to British consular services overseas and permission to travel to the UK for up to six months at a time, but not to live or work there.But it was recognition that Britain had some sort of responsibility to the people who were once its subjects.Now the usefulness of the document could all change after China last month unveiled plans to enact a law banning acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and foreign interference.last_img read more

10 Good Reasons To Change The Anti-Smacking Law – Reason #6 – Bella

first_imgBella?applied to have custody of her two grandnephews aged 3 & 5. They had been in foster care all their life and had been moved throughout various whanau unsuccessfully. CYF acknowledged that they had both medical and behavioural difficulties but offered support to Nana. Nana regularly rang CYF for assistance but was either unable to contact the social worker assigned to her case, or was fobbed off – once being told to just ‘keep a log’ of the misbehaviour. CYF even suggested that the behaviour only started at Nana’s – but official records show that there were already concerns before placement, and CYF admit that their services and lack of co-ordination between offices was ‘not always consistent’.So when Nana gave one of the boys a smack on the hand after a serious incident involving a knife, what did CYF do? Watch and Weep. And be thankful it hasn’t happened to you….. but could it?This?third short clip is this week’s example of “10 Good Reasons to Change the Anti-Smacking Law.” It’s the evidence that politicians?and the media don’t want you to see. It’s the evidence?John Key asked for – but won’t watch. So take a couple of minutes to?watch and judge for yourself.???? To see ALL the evidence, go to our updated and new look website www.protectgoodparents.org.nz?. You can view the full documentaries?“Mum on a Mission” (2014) and “My Mummy’s A Criminal” (2011).It’s time we held the politicians to account on a failed law which is doing more harm than good. It’s time the politicians listened to YOU!WHERE DO THE POLITICAL PARTIES STAND?last_img read more

Girl, 15, claims rape, tags 2 drinking pals

first_img“Nangyariito habang nag-inuman ang biktima at ang mga lalaki sa isang bahay. Pagkataposnito, binalewala ng biktima ang nangyari dahil sa takot sa kanyang pamilya atwala itong lakas ng loob na magsumbong,” headded.?????????? The Grade 11 student said she wasdrunk when her two drinking companions raped her on Sept. 14 after a barangaybenefit dance. But the incident was only reported on Oct. 9, police said.????? Murallo said no arrest against the twominor suspects have yet been made.(With areport from Akean Forum/PN) Libacao municipal police stationacting chief Captain Jose Marlon Murallo said the victim narrated her ordeal toher mother, who lodged the complaint to the authorities.??? KALIBO, Aklan – A 15-year-old girlclaimed two 17-year-old boys raped her in Libacao, Aklan.last_img read more

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