China Tops U.S. as Best Country for Renewable Energy Investment—Ernst & Young

first_imgChina Tops U.S. as Best Country for Renewable Energy Investment—Ernst & Young FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:LONDON—The United States moved up to second place in a ranking of the most attractive countries for renewables investment, after China, a report by U.K. accountancy firm Ernst & Young showed on Tuesday.In an annual ranking of the top 40 renewable energy markets worldwide, China was the top country for the third year running, followed by the United States, which had occupied third place last year due to a shift in U.S. energy policy under President Donald Trump.Even though the United States imposed tariffs on imports of solar photovoltaic and modules this year, the effects have been mostly absorbed by the market and wind projects are not subject to subsidy cuts under a recently passed U.S. tax reform bill.“Solar import tariffs imposed by the U.S. government in January are likely to have only a limited impact on solar energy development in the country but are likely to tip the scales toward wind projects at the utility scale,” the report said.Germany was the third most attractive country in the ranking, while India slipped from second to fourth position due to investor concerns about the threat of solar import tariffs, the report said.More: U.S. Moves Up To Second Most Attractive Renewables Market After China: Reportlast_img read more

Brazilian Court Sentences Eight People Accused of Terrorism

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo June 12, 2017 AYUDEMOS A VENEZUELA NO LA CONVIERTAN EN MANICOMIO QUE FACILITE LA INJERENCIA DE POTENCIAS EXTRANJERAS QUE LA DESTRUYAN Y RECONSTRUYAN REPARTIÉNDOSE NUESTROS TESOROS. Rafael A. Salazar P. LA CONSTITUYENTE Y LA PROTESTA AJUSTADAS AL ESTADO DE DERECHO, PACÍFICAS, TIENEN VALIDEZ LEGÍTIMA Y LAS PROMUEVO COMO LA DEMOCRACIA Y LA LIBERTAD DE EXPRESIÓN Y DE IDEAS PORQUE REPRESENTAN LA PEDAGOGÍA DE LIBERACIÓN DE LA ALIENACIÓN EN LA CONSTRUCCIÓN DE LA LIBERTAD DE LOS PUEBLOS DEL MUNDO ORIENTANDO A TRANSFORMAR EL ESQUEMA DE PODER DE ESTADO Y DE PRODUCCIÓN DE LA MODERNIDAD DE GUERRA, MUERTE Y ENFERMEDADES INDUCIDAS DE SOMETIMIENTO PARA EL SAQUEO Y ROBO MEDIANTE ESTE TERROR DE POBLACIONES DE SECTORES DOMINANTES A SECTORES DOMINADOS EN LA DESTRUCCIÓN SOCIAL POR LA ACUMULACIÓN DELICTIVA DE CAPITAL A TRAVÉS DE DIVERSOS MEDIOS: LA INVASIÓN, COLONIZACIÓN, DESQUICIAMIENTO, INFLACIÓN, ESPECULACIÓN, ENTRE OTROS, POR LO CUAL CONSTRUIMOS LA POST MODERNIDAD CIUDADANA PARTICIPATIVA Y PROTAGONISTA PACÍFICA Y ECOLÓGICA DE ESTADO DEMOCRÁTICO DE DERECHO Y OBLIGACIONES DE JUSTICIA SOCIAL DE BIEN COMÚN DEL BUEN VIVIR, CONVIVIR Y COMPARTIR HACIA LA VERDADERA HUMANIZACIÓN DE LOS DERECHOS DE LAS FAMILIAS DEL AMOR SUPERANDO ODIOS Y EGOÍSMOS. os crimes de TERRORISMO com todas as suas variantes, tem de ser tratado com a máxima SEVERIDADE, ESTAMOS NA EMINENCIA DE TÊ-LOS NO BRASIL COM A ENTRADA DE AGENTES TERRORISTA EM MASSA , CRIMINOSAMENTE PREMEDITADO, PELA ALA TERRORISTA DA “ORCRIM” , COMO AUMENTO DE PODER DE FOGO CONTRA A CONSTITUIÇÃO.JÁ SE CONSTATA AGENTES CUBANOS TRAVESTIDOS DE MÉDICOS NAS PASSEATAS A FAVOR DOS CRIMINOSOS DO PT, E TODAS AS LIGAS DA MESMA LAIA……..O PIOR É QUE JÁ INICIAMOS COM LEIS BRANDAS SERÁ QUE É PARA DEIXA-LOS SE APRIMORAREM …..COMO O FIZERAM COM OS COMANDOS VERMELHOS DA VIDA !!!!! Eight Brazilians accused of promoting the Islamic State terrorist organization, as well as other crimes, were sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Brazilian federal court. The sentence, handed down on May 4th by Judge Marcos Josegrei da Silva of the 14th Federal Criminal Division of Curitiba in the state of Paraná, was the first in the nation based on Law No. 13.260/2016, known as the Anti-terrorism Law. The investigations that led to the trial were executed in 2016 by the Federal Police (PF, per its Portuguese acronym) in the scope of Operation Hashtag. From phone taps, the police traced information on social networks and websites, as well as messages by a group called Jundallah (“soldiers of Allah”) in the Telegram app, in which the members showed open support for the ideas and practices of the extremist Islamic organization. Operation Hashtag even revealed conversations about an intent to carry out a terrorist attack during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, held August 5th to 21st, 2016, and the purpose of a face-to-face meeting of the group members for the training and preparation of a future migration to Syria, and other regions under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In view of these findings, PF carried out its first strike on July 21, 2016, two weeks before the start of the sporting event. Ten suspects were arrested. “We were able to provide a satisfactory response to what was happening, both through the arrests on the eve of the Olympics, as well as now, with this sentence, which has expressed a judgment that is proportional to the seriousness of the actions,” stated Federal Prosecutor Rafael Brum Miron of the Office of the Attorney General in Paraná. Miron was the official who filed the official complaint accepted by Judge Marcos Josegrei, initiating the trial against some of those involved in the activities uncovered by PF. For the prosecutor, the Anti-terrorism Law completed a year earlier in March, made it possible to tackle any terrorist act ahead of time. But even so, he believes that the legislation needs to be improved. “The law could be improved to cover a larger role for acts that constitute terrorism. I often say that people shouldn’t have to wait for the terrorist to gain experience in order to fight him. This is a form of evil that we need to root out,” Miron said. Promoting a terrorist organization and criminal association Operation Hashtag was overseen by the Anti-terrorism Division of the Federal Police (DAT, per its Portuguese acronym), which is part of the Police Intelligence Directorate of the institution. The work of the Brazilian police is supported by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which sent a memorandum to DAT on May 6, 2016, with information “relating to persons based in Brazil who use their social media accounts to express support for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. It is the assessment of the FBI that these persons may represent a threat to national security and to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” according to the text of the document. Among those whose names were provided by the FBI, three were arrested in Operation Hashtag. Another 12 suspects were arrested between July and October of last year in the context of that operation. These individuals were sent to Campo Grande Federal Penitentiary in Mato Grosso do Sul state. Out of the 15 men investigated, eight were charged and held for trial and sentenced. The trial concluded with them being found guilty of the crimes of promoting a terrorist organization and criminal association. Leonid El Kadre Melo, one of the defendants who appeared on the FBI list, was also sentenced for the crime of recruitment for the purpose of carrying out acts of terrorism. Found by Judge Josegrei to be the “top leader” among those involved, Melo received the heaviest sentence – 15 years, 10 months, and five days in prison. “There is no doubt as to his role in, and leadership of, the group. His actions, through constant and effective messaging, promoted acts favorable to ISIS, frequently encouraging everyone to take matters ‘into their own hands’ in support of the terrorist cause, united in committing various crimes to finance terrorist acts, and for their own future migration to the ‘caliphate’ region,” the magistrate stated during sentencing. Alisson Luan de Oliveira, another person on the FBI’s list, was sentenced to a maximum of six years and 11 months in prison. During his trial it was noted that the defendant “stated more than once that he had made a bayat [sworn an oath to the leader of ISIS] and said that the Olympics would present a great opportunity to carry out terrorist attacks and suggested that a mass-extermination project be performed by poisoning a water treatment plant in Rio de Janeiro during the period of the games.” Luís Gustavo de Oliveira was sentenced to six years and five months in jail. Levi Ribeiro Fernandes de Jesus, Hortêncio Yoshitake, Israel Pedra Mesquita, and Oziris Moris Lundi dos Santos Azevedo — the third defendant identified by the FBI — were sentenced to six years and three months in prison. The lesser sentence was given to Fernando Pinheiro Cabral, who must serve five years and six months of incarceration for the crime of promoting a terrorist organization. He is the only one of the eight defendants not found guilty of criminal association, a crime defined under Brazilian’s penal code, which, according to the magistrate in this case, “stems from the fact that the accused formed a stable group whose purpose was the commission of the most diverse crimes.” New charge In addition to the official complaint brought before the court last year against the eight individuals who have now been sentenced, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, through Miron, at the time asked that alternative measures be applied to six other people under investigation in Operation Hashtag. “At the time, we didn’t discern an evidentiary basis that warranted their arrest,” the prosecutor recalled. Miron said that they remain subject to alternative measures, such as the use of electronic ankle bracelets as a way to ensure minimal monitoring of their activities. “The PF had already concluded Operation Hashtag and sent us the report. We are currently reviewing the material to draft a new complaint,” the prosecutor clarified. Depending on what is taken into account in that document, the six people under investigation will, or will not be answering for actions linked to terrorism. ESTADO DE VENEZUELA CONFORMADO POR GENTE DE TODAS LAS TENDENCIAS POLÍTICAS DEBERÍA FAVORECER A TODOS LOS VENEZOLANOS PERO EXISTE EL CASO DE PRESUNTAMENTE TERRORISTA OPUESTO A LA CONSTITUYENTE HA AUXILIADO MIENTRAS A OTRO CIUDADANO DEFIENDE LA CONSTITUYENTE HA PERJUDICADO CON NUEVO REQUISITO PARA OBSTACULIZAR SERVICIOS DE ASISTENCIA QUE CORRESPONDE PRESTAR, DAR, ESTAS INSTITUCIONES. last_img read more

Discovering that you have the time you need

first_img 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Hudson Dr. Michael Hudson started his first business when he was just 7 years old…riding his bicycle from house to house selling greeting cards and holiday gifts. Since then he … Web: michaelhudson.com Details The Unplugged ChallengeRecently, I had the privilege of speaking at the CUES ExecuNet (TM) event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. While there, my wife and I decided to take a few extra days to see the area. After a long summer packed full with too much to do, I made a decision to make it a real vacation…no phone calls, no email, and no writing for an entire week.It was hard to imagine, but not impossible to implement…I created a few simple ground rules and communicated with everyone to set the stage. I let clients know I would not be responding to e-mail, set up an auto-response vacation message, put a few filters in place to direct messages to relevant folders, and gave myself 15 minutes per day to process my inbox. The review process meant only responding to emergency client emails, deleting any emails of blog posts or advice, and putting personal messages on hold until later.7 Things Learned in 7 Days (Mostly) Off the GridSome of what I learned during my little experiment surprised me (and some didn’t):Nobody ever calls me (and that’s OK).Most of my email doesn’t really matter and isn’t very urgent (or important).I can survive processing my email once a day.I subscribe to a lot of stuff I don’t need to read.People will respect your boundaries if you keep them informed (including clients).My expectations are out of line with my reality—I tend to think I need to know it all, fear missing a key piece of info, and try to read everything; I really don’t need to do that.Nothing is more important than taking time for me/my family and getting some breathing space in my head.No major breakthroughs insight here, but it was a reminder to take action and change my behavior. Now that I am back into the flow of work, I want to make sure to consider the time I spend checking email and focus on how I structure my days to leverage what I learned.The Mathematics of Cutting BackWhile disciplining myself to process e-mail only once a day I remembered something I learned a long time ago: If you redirect your efforts for 10 minutes per day on the days your work, then you can save 2,600 minutes each year (or 43 hours and 20 minutes—more hours than in one work week).Think about that.That means if you could save 5 minutes an hour by leaving e-mail alone or scheduling a block of time to address it later, you would save 10,400 minutes a year or 173 hours and 20 minutes. That’s more than a month of work time each year you could redirect to something you care about or want to do but think you don’t have time to do.So I challenge you with these three action questions:What can you stop paying attention to without experiencing any adverse impact? Remember, every 10 minutes a day you save or redirect will give you an extra 43 hours a year of time.Why are you not making the decision to control your time, and what is it costing you? Consider tracking your time for a couple of weeks to see how much it is costing you to allow other things (like technology and people) to control your days, and commit to exercise more control and get back more of your time.How would you invest the extra time you could gain if you saved 5 minutes every hour of every workday? (aka the extra 173 hours you’ll gain in the next 12 months) Think about that project are you always wanting to start but can’t find time to tackle and what it would mean to you to make progress on it every day (instead of just processing stuff you really don’t even need to be reading).The Final ResultsIn the time since I returned to my more normal routine, my experience have led me to take a few actions that are producing results—reducing my stress and giving me some time I need to pursue things that were fighting for my attention. Here are few of the things that have happened:I’ve unsubscribed from several newsletters and emails that I realize I don’t need to read. Yes, I’ll miss some things but focus requires giving up something to gain something. Surprisingly, I don’t miss it. Instead of feeling less informed, I feel more focused.I gained clarity and focus with fewer distractions from things that weren’t actually important (though I would have vehemently argued otherwise before this little experiment).I have committed to scheduling email checks three times per day and using a 25-minute timer to limit the time I spend per visit. By doing this, I’ve gained at least an hour of productive time each day.So where does your time go and how should it change? last_img read more

Tech Time: Your data breach – not if, but when

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Well, this day-in-the-life of a credit union VP is going pretty well,” is your thought as you review material for the upcoming board meeting.With the CU’s president in the middle of a two-week Caribbean cruise, it will be your turn to go over things at the meeting. And things are going well. The rollout of the updated mobile banking platform has been moving right along. Loan growth continues upward. And…The ringing of your phone interrupts your train of thought, “Pat Jones, Akmye Credit Union. How may I help you?”“This is Special Agent Joe Gannon,” the voice on the line responds. “I’m with the FBI’s cybercrime division. During a recent investigation, we found files on the dark web that appear to contain information about your customers—names, account number, addresses and other information. Were you aware you may have had a data breach?” continue reading »last_img read more

Flu epidemic may be slowing, CDC says

first_img In an advisory sent via the CDC’s Health Alert Network today, the agency stressed the value of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) for treating or preventing flu. “Recent studies suggest a considerable protective effect against complications associated with influenza when neuraminidase inhibitors are used for treatment,” the notice says. “These benefits include reducing the risk of death among older adults hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza.” The CDC has reported that two of the three flu types (H3N2 and B) in this year’s vaccine are not closely matched to the viruses in circulation. The latest surveillance report provided further evidence of that. Laboratories in the CDC’s surveillance network tested 7,726 specimens for influenza last week, of which 2,321 (30.0%) were positive, the report says. The previous week, 34% of 6,889 tested specimens were positive. Three flu-related deaths in children were reported last week, and one previously reported death was reclassified as not due to flu, the CDC reported. Twelve pediatric deaths attributed to flu were reported the previous week. The total for this season now stands at 24. The agency continues to advise against using the two older flu drugs, amantadine and rimantadine, because of high levels of viral resistance. See also: Treatment should begin within 48 hours after illness onset if possible, but treatment should be considered for patients who present later than that if they are very sick or have an increased risk of serious complications, the agency said.center_img In today’s advisory, the CDC said, “Preliminary results from a rapid assessment of vaccine effectiveness suggest that currently available influenza vaccines provide some protection against influenza virus infection requiring medical care. However, the level of protection is likely to be lower than what is observed in seasons in which the vaccine strains are closely matched to circulating influenza virus strains.” Today’s surveillance report says that 6.8% (38 of 557) of the flu viruses tested so far this season had a mutation that confers resistance to oseltamivir. All the resistant viruses were the H1N1 subtype. That’s significantly higher than was observed last season, but in today’s advisory the CDC said the overall resistance level is still considered low. At the same time, the CDC issued a notice aiming to remind clinicians to consider prescribing the antiviral drugs known as neuraminidase inhibitors to treat or prevent flu. Feb 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News ) – This year’s influenza epidemic showed signs of tapering off last week, but flu was still widespread in every state except Florida, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. For the week that ended Feb 23, 5.7% of visits to the CDC’s network of sentinel healthcare providers were for influenza-like illnesses (ILI), a decrease from the 6.4% reported the previous week, the agency said. The percentage of visits for ILI decreased in seven of nine regions across the country, whereas it increased in six of the nine regions the week before. CDC flu surveillance reporthttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/last_img read more

COVID-19: MRT Jakarta imposes longer headway as ridership plunges

first_imgOver the last three days, the number of MRT passengers has plummeted from 13,000 to 3,000, according to the company.“Our evaluation shows that the number of passengers has decreased by over 90 percent from the number we usually recorded,” Effendi said in a statement issued on Thursday.Despite the longer headway time, however, the company’s policy restricting each train to only carrying a total of 60 passengers would remain in effect, he said. The company’s physical-distancing policy, which entails maintaining a minimum safe distance of 1 meter between passengers, would also still be implemented, he added.On March 17, the Jakarta Transportation Agency announced that the capital’s public transportation, such as Transjakarta, MRT Jakarta and LRT Jakarta, would resume normal operations after a policy to restrict their operational hours in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 backfired, causing buildups at stations and bus stops.Three days later, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan declared a state of emergency for the following two weeks in the capital city in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.Anies said the administration would still limit public transportation to reduce mobility and curb the spread of the virus. (rfa)Topics : MRT Jakarta is increasing headway time to 10 minutes starting on Thursday because of a staggering decrease in commuter numbers caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has prompted the government to encourage a work-from-home policy for residents.City-owned PT MRT Jakarta made the decision after considering the dwindling numbers of commuters, the company’s operational and maintenance director Muhammad Effendi said. The policy was also formulated amid the public health emergency and the state of emergency declared by the Jakarta administration.The headway was increased from the regular five minutes during the peak hours of operation.last_img read more

Cardiac cells ‘heal heart damage’

first_img 34 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Many researchers are looking at using stem cells to repair the heart.Stem cells taken from a patient’s own heart have, for the first time, been used to repair damaged heart tissue, researchers claim. The study, published in the Lancet, was designed to test the procedure’s safety, but also reported improvements in the heart’s ability to pump blood.The authors said the findings were “very encouraging”Other experts said techniques with bone marrow stem cells were more advanced and that bigger trials were needed.The scientists say this is the first reported case of cardiac stem cells being used as a treatment in people after earlier studies had shown benefits in animals.ImprovementThe preliminary trial was on patients with heart failure who were having heart bypass surgery. During the operation, a piece of heart tissue, from the right atrial appendage, was taken.While the patient was being sewn up, researchers isolated cardiac stem cells from the sample and cultured them until they had about two million stem cells for each patient. The cells were injected about 100 days later.Doctors measured how efficiently the heart was pumping using the left ventricle ejection fraction – what percentage of blood was leaving one of the heart’s main chamber with every beat. In the 14 patients given the treatment, the percentage increased from 30.3% at the beginning of the trial, to 38.5% after four months. There was no change in the ejection fraction in the seven patients who were not injected with stem cells. Dr Roberto Bolli, one of the researchers from the University of Louisville, told the BBC: “We believe these finding are very significant. “Our results indicate that cardiac stem cells can markedly improve the contractile function of the heart.”Heart v boneThe heart is not the only source of potentially useful stem cells. Trials have already taken place using stems cells from bone marrow.Prof Anthony Mathur, from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Prof John Martin, from University College London, are already conducting large randomised clinical trials.They are investigating the effect of giving patients stem cells from their own bone marrow, in NHS hospitals, within six hours of a heart attack.Prof Mathur said of the cardiac stem cell study: “Caveats very much apply. It’s a phase one trial so while the early results are great and promising, they need to design a big study to see if the results translate.”He also cautioned that improvements in ejection fraction were not the same as increasing survival or quality of life.Prof Martin said he was “concerned” that the seven patients in the control group showed no improvement in ejection fraction, which would normally be expected, and that they were not given a sham treatment to account for the placebo effect.He said that was acceptable when just testing a procedure’s safety, but not when looking at effectiveness, which relies on the difference between the treated and control groups. Prof Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, argued that the improvement in heart function was similar to those in other studies.“This is positive, but the crucial next steps are to see whether this improvement is confirmed in the final completed trial, and to understand whether the cells are actually replacing damaged heart cells or are secreting molecules that are helping to heal the heart,” he added.Dr Bolli argues that stem cells from the heart might be more useful as “their natural function is to replace the cells that continuously die in the heart due to wear and tear”.He hopes to start the next phase of clinical trials in 2012.By James GallagherHealth reporter, BBC Newscenter_img HealthLifestyle Cardiac cells ‘heal heart damage’ by: – November 14, 2011 Share Tweetlast_img read more

Clarksville mayor warns of ‘serious problem’ in Iowa small towns

first_imgCLARKSVILLE — A Butler County mayor says the illegal drug trade is moving into small towns. Val Swinton he wasn’t quite aware of how bad the problem was until he became mayor of Clarksville.“I hear stories about other small towns in the area and how drug dealers are moving into these areas,” he says. “I think it is a very serious problem.”According to Swinton, meth is the primary illegal drug being sold and used in and around Clarksville. The Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy reports the number of illegal meth labs discovered by law enforcement is at a 12-year low, but there is an all-time high of nearly 10,000 meth-related admissions to treatment facilities. Swinton says Clarksville’s police force of two full-timers and one part-timer is cracking down.“The initial solution is to do what our police chief is doing and that is to go after them with a vengeance. He just does not tolerate drug dealers in town. If he hears of them and can build a case, he will and for that I have a tremendous amount of respect for him,” Swinton says. “The other cure is to eliminate the desire for it. You know, it’s kind of been romanticized in some areas.”Swinton sees the legalization of marjuana in a growing number of states as a major factor in the demand for illegal drugs.“I believe that our government is sending a message that drug usage is not that serious, I mean, let’s just go ahead and legalize the use of what was considered an illegal drug — marijuana,” Swinton says. “And I believe that leads to more serious problems.”The use of meth and opioids like heroin are at an all-time high in Iowa according to the state Office of Drug Control Police. Communities with fewer than 10-thousand residents are also seeing an increase in violent crime as well. The latest federal data shows violent crime rose 12 percent from 2014 to 2016 in Iowa towns with fewer than 10-thousand residents.last_img read more