India and France to launch solar alliance on opening day of COP21

first_imgIndia and France to launch solar alliance on opening day of COP21Solar alliance first of many anticipated agreements and pledges over the coming two weeks in Paris, which could prove crucial in determining how the globe tackles climate change in the few years. November 30, 2015 Ian Clover Energy Storage Installations Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The UN summit on climate change – COP21 – began today in the northeastern Parisian suburb of Le Bourget amid a backdrop colored by a mixture of hope, frustration and fear that this is the best shot the planet has to convince leaders and decision makers to take decisive action on climate change. As thousands of people joined climate marches across the globe on the eve of the summit, those with the real power to effect change – heads of state, business leaders and influential climate scientists – jetted in to Paris to attend the opening day of COP21. And before even the first lunch buffet has been unwrapped, the summit has served up two appetizing morsels of things to come, chiefly the news that France and India are set to lead on an International Solar Alliance aimed at developing affordable solar power for all. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak today about his desire to see more than 100 of the world’s solar-rich countries – located mostly in the tropics – to work together to find ways to ensure sustained investment and innovation in solar PV technology and markets. Domestically, Modi has already begun a seismic shift in India’s attitude towards solar power, with the government’s National Solar Mission targeting the installation of 100 GW of solar PV capacity by 2022. However, the PM wishes for this ambition to be replicated across the globe, and has sought assistance and investment from some of the world’s most developed nations to help deliver this goal. One such partner is France, and the French President Francois Hollande will join Modi for today’s launch of the International Solar Alliance. France’s solar PV target has been increased to 10 GW by 2018, having surpassed its original target of 5.4 GW for 2020 (set in 2009) by the end of last year. By 2025, France will seek to have lowered the share of nuclear in its energy mix from 75% to 50%, with renewables poised to in-fill the nuclear shortfall during the next decade, particularly solar, which has been set a target of 12 to 20 GW by 2023, according to Deutsche Bank. “Solar energy is a practical and efficient way to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions,” said a statement issued on Sunday by the Indian government. $20 billion pledge on green energy researchThe early hours of COP21 also brought encouraging news in the field of green energy research, with 19 of the world’s largest carbon-emitting nations – including the U.S., U.K., China, Brazil and India – pledging to double funding for clean energy research to $20 billion over five years. This pledge builds upon a similar initiative led by some of the globe’s most influential business leaders. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, George Soros and Ratan Tata of Indian firm Tata Power will also announce today a bolstered investment fund designed to help environmental technologies transition from the laboratory to the marketplace. “This announcement should help to send a strong signal that the world is committed to helping to mobilize the resources necessary to ensure countries around the world can deploy clean energy solutions in cost-effective ways in their economies,” said senior White House advisor Brian Deese in a statement. More than 170 countries have submitted their action plans to the COP21 summit, but as things stand the best case scenario provided all goals are hit would still likely see global temperatures rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius by 2050 – a threshold climate scientists agree is imperative the world avoids crossing if it wishes to avoid the worst effects of climate change. However, there is hope that further lobbying can help persuade more of the world’s larger polluters to expand their ambitions and agree to more stringent measures on energy efficiency and a greater adoption of renewable sources such as solar and wind power. The COP21 summit runs from November 30 to December 7, and pv magazine will be reporting live from the event next week in addition to ongoing coverage of the most pertinent stories to emerge from Paris over the next few days.Popular content Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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Coronavirus live updates: Fauci says ‘things will get worse as we get into January’

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 88.2 million people worldwide and killed over 1.9 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Jan 08, 10:46 amNYC police commissioner tests positiveNew York City’s police commissioner, Dermot Shea, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is “doing well,” NYPD spokesman Rich Esposito told ABC News. Shea is at home and “running the department remotely,” he said. Esposito said the commissioner regularly attends functions and is in close contact with people all the time.  “He takes extensive precautions, but the COVID rate is increasing in the city,” he said.So far this month, 463 NYPD members have tested positive for COVID-19. As of Thursday, New York City’s seven-day average positivity rate stood at 9.21%.Jan 08, 9:24 amHospitalizations on rise in London, mayor declares ‘major incident’London Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared a “major incident” as the virus’ spread threatens to overwhelm the city’s hospitals.One in 30 Londoners now has COVID-19, the mayor said.The city has 7,034 people currently hospitalized — a 35% increase from the April peak.The number of people in hospitals jumped by 27% from Dec. 30 to Jan. 6, Khan said.The London Ambulance Service is now taking up to 8,000 calls per day, when an average day would bring 5,500 calls.“The stark reality is that we will run out of beds for patients in the next couple of weeks unless the spread of the virus slows down drastically,” Khan said. “We are declaring a major incident because the threat this virus poses to our city is at crisis point. If we do not take immediate action now, our NHS could be overwhelmed and more people will die.” Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Choral Director

first_imgAPPLICATION DEADLINE:    REVIEW OF APPLICATIONSBEGINS IMMEDIATELY. P​OSITION​: The applicant shall be able to demonstrate mastery of onlineinstruction. Applicants must provide the following:Complete resume and JC employment application (available onlineat www.jcjc.edu/employmentMinimum of three (3) reference letters attesting to abilitiesin the discipline.Documentation of educational achievement (transcripts,certifications, etc.).Documentation of work experienceVideo or link to recordings of recent teaching orperforming College of Art, Music and PerformanceTERM​ OF EMPLOYMENT: Address:          Choral Director/Music InstructorCOLLEGE​: Jones College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, orqualified disability in its programs, activities, or employmentpractices. The following persons have been designated to handleinquiries and grievances regarding the non-discrimination policies:(ADA/ Section 504) Dr. Kisha Jones, ADA Coordinator, StudentAffairs, 601-477-2673, [email protected]; and (Title IX)Kayla Hankins, Interim Title IX Coordinator, Hutcheson HubbardAdministration Building, 601-477-4026, [email protected] College, 900 South Court Street, Ellisville, MS 39437.center_img CONTACTPERSONS:           All ​job description​ inquiries should be directedto theHuman Resources Director: Mr. Luke HammondsHuman Resources Director​[email protected]: 601-477-4058Fax:  601-477-4017 Jones CollegeApril 26, 2021 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants with a minimum of three (3) years college teachingexperience and a doctorate in music (Choral) will be givenpreference. Private studio voice experience preferred.   Jones College900 South Courts StreetEllisville, MS 39437 J​OBDESCRIPTION:              Directing and conducting various choral groups, assisting indepartmental and campus concerts and events, traveling withstudents for concerts and events, instructing in a variety of musiccourses, including but not limited to music appreciation. Private voice instruction may be necessary.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:​The applicant shall have graduated from an accredited college oruniversity and hold at minimum a master’s degree in music (Choral)with 18 graduate hours in area of instruction. FULL TIME  COMPENSATION:Salary schedule for Jones College based on education andexperiencelast_img read more

Humble Bundle limits charity donations to 15%

first_imgDanielle PartisNews EditorMonday 26th April 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleHumble BundleHumble Bundle has unveiled a redesign that will alter how users split their donations.As part of this update, the company will remove sliders that give users the option to flexibly adjust what percentage of the donation goes towards publishers, charities and Humble.The new system will instead feature two static options, a default donation that gives 85% of a donation to publishers, 10% to Humble and 5% to charity. The other ‘Extra to Charity’ option will split the figure so that 15% goes towards the chosen cause instead. Related JobsEnvironment Artists – New IP South East Creative AssemblyLead Sound Designer South East Creative AssemblyRemote Environment Artist Console Studio UK UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games As it stands, the slider’s default donation option is set up so that 65% of a sum goes to the publisher, 30% goes to Humble, and 5% to charity. Humble Bundle is also introducing UI changes, making it easier to see what is in each bundle tier. Instead of scrolling through each tier one by one, users can click on separate tabs to view different bundles one at a time.The company’s efforts to fundraise remain strong. Humble raised over $30 million for various charities in 2020, with over $8.1 million of that figure going towards COVID-19 relief.last_img read more

Covid-19 vaccine won’t be immediate cure for office market

first_imgCovid-19 vaccines are being distributed across the country, but won’t be an instant panacea for office landlords. (iStock)It’s been a rough year for the office market — and it’s unlikely that the first half of next year will be much better.Even though Covid-19 vaccines are being distributed across the country, public health and real estate experts believe that a return to the office likely will not happen until late spring or early summer, the Wall Street Journal reports.Experts say that it will take months for the vaccine rollout to become effective and for employees to reach herd immunity, meaning remote work will continue in the next year and office rents will continue to drop.The real estate firm CBRE projects that office rents could fall by as much as 8 percent in 2021.In the meantime, landlords are dealing with mostly empty offices. An average of about 23 percent of workers in 10 cities had returned to the office the week of Dec. 16, according to Kastle Systems, which tracks access-card swipes. The highest rate since the pandemic was 27.4 percent in mid-October, Kastle said.Some companies are planning their return to the office in light of the promising vaccine news. In New York, 25 new tenants per week were searching for office space in the first two weeks of December, up from 20 per week in November, according to the data firm VTS.Many of these companies are considering leasing space from co-working operators such as WeWork and Industrious, according to the Journal.[WSJ] — Keith Larsen This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Teams Up With Mark Ronson For Funky Queens Of The Stone Age Cover

first_imgAustralian radio station Triple J has an ongoing series of covers, cleverly titled “Like A Version”. The latest release shows famed producer Mark Ronson teaming up with an all-star ensemble for a funky take on Queens of the Stone Age’s song “I Sat By The Ocean”.Joining Ronson on the …Like Clockwork track are Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow), Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) and Kirin J Callinan. The Tame Impala guitarist recently finished a stint on the road with the band, and will come back to the US in October for a series of performances.Tame Impala Bears It All On Psychedelic New Release, ‘Currents’Check out the track below:last_img

HUHS continues to offer flu vaccination clinics

first_imgHarvard University Health Services (HUHS) is conducting free vaccination clinics. The clinics are open to the entire Harvard University community every Monday and Tuesday (noon-3 p.m.) at HUHS on the second floor of the Holyoke Center (Monks Library). Students must have their Harvard ID to receive the vaccination. More information on the flu can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/.last_img

Gary Clark Jr., Sir Sly Call Out Trump Supporters On New Single “Citizen” [Video]

first_imgBlues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and indie-rock trio Sir Sly have teamed up for a new single, “Citizen”, released last week in recognition of President Joe Biden‘s inauguration on Wednesday.Sir Sly carries the main bulk of the song while Clark’s guitar gradually joins in with some ferocious-sounding overdubs building up to the single’s climactic end.The song’s lyrics are an assertive, unapologetic call towards supporters of former President Donald Trump, as vocalist Landon Jacobs is heard singing, “Little red hat, signal white pride/ What’re you thinking? What’re you thinking?/ White lie, sign of the times/ What’s the dream you’ve been dreaming?/ You will never make anything great again/ And you’re not my friend/ Can I get an amen?”A statement from Landon shared with the single’s release notes,“Stay out of politics” is something that a lot of people comment on the internet these days. No one wants their beloved musicians, athletes, actors, etc. to say anything political. But how can we not write honestly about the world around us? “Citizen” is a song aimed at shutting down this notion of keeping quiet.Listen to the new song in the video below.Sir Sly, Gary Clark Jr. – “Citizen”[Video: Sir Sly]last_img read more

Government Withholds Life-Saving Info & Hospitals Foot the Bill

first_imgStrike with CautionOn a recent trip to British Columbia, one of our JEMS editorial board members assisted with an unconscious woman until fire/rescue and a British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) unit arrived (which they did in four to five minutes). As the patient was being loaded, he couldn_t help but notice that the ambulance sitting outside with its emergency lights on was marked with an Ë™ON STRIKEÓ decal.”ž According to a New York Times article, NHTSA officials said they withheld the information partly “because of concerns about angering Congress.” Jeff Runge, MD, former head of NHTSA, was allegedly warned by members of Congress that using the data to lobby states would jeopardize billions of dollars in financing. As we reported in Ë™On Strike! But Still Working,Ó June 2009 Priority Traffic (www.jems.com/journal), 3,500 BCAS paramedics went on strike April 1, refusing to perform Ë™nonessential tasksÓ until their union reached agreement with the provincial government on wages and working conditions. Thumbs Up to EMS and the hospitals for recognizing a common goal: providing quicker care to critical patients.”ž The research has now been made public by two consumer advocacy groups, the Center for Auto Safety and Public Citizen, which obtained the research summary document after filing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. (A link to the document is available at”žwww.jems.com/nyt.)”ž Critics say the failure of NHTSA to more diligently pursue distracted driving has cost lives and, we_d say, public trust. According to CFD assistant deputy fire commissioner of EMS operations Marc Levison, three two-person bike teams cover Taste of Chicago with a response time of less than two minutes. They respond to 15Ï20 medical emergencies a day over the food fest_s 10-day run. The event draws an average of 300,000 guests a day, so rolling out cardiac care as fast as a good outcome demands is an amazing feat. A round of applause goes to one astute bystander, two quick responders and a great CFD program.”ž “We_re looking at a problem that could be as bad as drunk driving, and the government has covered it up,” Center for Auto Safety Director Clarence Ditlow told The New York Times. He wondered, as does JEMS, how patients and their families feel to see an emergency crew coming from an ambulance marked like this. Regardless of the political struggle, suggesting to the public that the onboard paramedics may be doing less than 100% when they_re responding to a real-world emergency call just doesn_t seem right.”ž Hospitals Foot the BillMore than 20 EMS agencies in the Columbus, Ohio, area received 144 Velociter modems along with five-year subscriptions for data transmission service via LIFENET System from Physio-Control, all thanks to Columbus_ three adult hospital systems. At a cost of $490Ï$694 per unit, Chief Rob Farmer of Delaware EMS says this enhancement would have been difficult to afford without hospital support. “I_ve been a paramedic for 15 years, and this is the first time I_ve defibrillated someone and had them wake up and start talking,” Guerin said. Care on Wheels“žA 52-year-old woman got some all-around good care when she went into cardiac arrest in early July at a crowded Chicago food-tasting event. When the unidentified Arizona tourist collapsed on her way to Taste of Chicago, a good Samaritan on a bicycle stopped and got CPR rolling. Then, two bicycle paramedics from Chicago Fire Department (CFD), Michael Guerin and Elvis Falbo, arrived and shocked the pulseless, non-breathing woman back to a normal rhythm.”ž Government Withholds Life-Saving Info“žIn 2003, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a multi-year study of 10,000 drivers to further evaluate the safety risk posed by cell phone use, based on research it had done on a smaller scale. But the large study never commenced, and NHTSA decided to not make public its hundreds of pages of research.”ž The woman regained consciousness and reportedly asked them, “Where am I?” The data estimates that 955 fatalities and 240,000 incidents in 2002 were caused by drivers using cell phones. Based on these results, researchers called for a broader study in order to collect more substantial, long-term data. Such a study could establish a reliable causal relationship between cell phone usage and collisions, leading to stronger enforcement by states to protect its citizens, and in turn, the EMS and fire crews who respond to inherently dangerous highway incidents.”ž In that article, we quoted B.J. Chute, director of public education for the Ambulance Paramedics of British Columbia (Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 873), as saying, Ë™We_re not in a position to refuse service to the public, nor do we wish to do so.Ó But with unprofessional and disturbing messages like this on the side of their rigs, the public might be the ones who refuse service.JEMS Now, at CDF, the modem is always connected to the LIFEPAK 12 and data can be sent to multiple receiving locations within one facility, including interventional cardiologists_ Blackberries, the cardiac catheterization lab and the emergency department.”ž Capt. Shawn Koser of the Columbus Division of Fire (CDF), which was the largest EMS system in the data transmission program, says his department is pleased with the results. He explains that several agencies could previously transmit 12-lead data, but the process involved cell phones and was “unreliable and slow.” As a result of the program and other operational efficiencies, CDF has lowered door-to-balloon times in STEMI cases by an average of 20Ï30 minutes.last_img read more

Actors From The London Stage perform on stage, in classrooms

first_imgThe Actors From The London Stage will once again be performing Shakespeare at Notre Dame’s Washington Hall on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. This time, the team will be performing the famous tragedy, “King Lear.”Actors From The London Stage is a group that has a longstanding relationship with the University. It usually performs on campus once a semester as part of a larger tour of the United States. Peter Holland, associate dean for the arts and McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare studies, helps organize most Shakespeare productions on campus. Holland said Notre Dame has been working with Actors From The London Stage, which Sir Patrick Stewart and Dr. Homer “Murph” Swander founded in 1975, for nearly 20 years.“For the the last 18 years, we have been their U.S. base,” Holland said. “We help organize all their U.S. touring, which schools coast-to-coast they’re going to be visiting.” However, the group does not host your average play production, because Actors From The London Stage is not your ordinary theater company. The entire cast of the play will be performed by only five actors with no director, minimal costumes and props, a couple light cues and not much else.“This is theater unlike any other kind of theater — there is no director,” Holland said. “So these actors are basically locked into a room for some weeks and told, ‘Come out with a show.’”This means the company, made up of actors Richard James-Neale, Ffion Jolly, Tricia Kelly, Fred Lancaster and Jonathan Dryden Taylor, will each be playing multiple roles, splitting a total of 24 among the five of them.Since there are always only five performers, the company’s approach to the show must be both improvisational and innovative.Tricia Kelly, who will be playing the major roles in both King Lear and the Duke of Cornwall, said the group relies on “solving problems in an elegant and hopefully witty way.”She also spoke to the fact that the play presents challenges to the actors because, in many cases, female actors must play male characters and vice-versa, a practice becoming more and more common in Shakespearean plays, offering new takes on old classics. “I am a female actor playing the role of a king and a father,” Kelly said. “It’s a different, more complicated set of ideas and concepts to deal with as an actor.” The production of King Lear is not all the actors will be doing with their time at Notre Dame, however. They will also be helping run workshops and teach classes, not just within the College of Arts and Letters, but all across campus.“They also go into the Mendoza school because, if you’re a business major, think [of] how often you have sat through a Powerpoint presentation by somebody who really cannot talk,” Holland said. “They go into the Law School, they work with some of the law students on how you should speak in a courtroom and how you make sure that people can hear your voice. They go and work in the architecture school because, if you’re designing buildings, actors understand space in a very different way from anyone else.”While the company has been rehearsing for a while, this will be the second stop for Actors From The London Stage on a 10-stop tour schedule across the country. Jason Comerford, the audience development manager for Actors From The London Stage at Notre Dame, said while the actors figure out their roles in rehearsals, live performances are different.“It’s fun to watch them work in front of an audience — the spontaneity of it,” Comerford said.Having just arrived in South Bend from Rice University in Houston, performances are scheduled for Feb. 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Washington Hall. Tickets are available for purchase online at shakespeare.nd.edu before the shows.Tags: Actors from the London Stage, Department of Film Television and Theatre, Shakespeare at Notre Damelast_img read more