Renewable electric generation topped coal-fired output in the Netherlands in 2019 for first time

first_imgRenewable electric generation topped coal-fired output in the Netherlands in 2019 for first time FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享NL Times:The Netherlands generated more electricity from sustainable sources than from coal for the first time ever last year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. The amount of energy produced also reached [a] record high.Last year the Netherlands produced 121 billion kWh of electricity, 6 percent more than in 2018. Electricity generated using coal decreased from over 27 billion kWh in 2018 to over 17 billion kWh last year. And energy generated from sustainable sources increased from nearly 19 billion kWh to nearly 22 billion kWh.As the electricity generation from coal decreased, production using natural gas increased, from nearly 58 billion kWh to 71 billion kWh. According to the stats office, this has to do with the low gas price, and high price of CO2 emissions. Generating energy from gas emits relatively less CO2 than doing so from coal.The Netherlands’ consumption of electricity was about the same in 2019 as in 2018. This combined with the record high production resulted in a decrease of electricity imports, from 26.8 billion kWh in 2018 to 20.4 billion kWh last year. Electricity exports increased slightly, from 18.8 billion kWh to 19.5 billion kWh.[Janene Pieters]More: NL produced more sustainable energy than coal power for first timelast_img read more

Equestrian at the Military World Games

first_img Equestrian sports require much more than just training. Trust between the rider and the horse is also necessary. This is an ancient relationship, and these sports have existed since the ancient Olympic Games. However, the rules and competitions as we know them have existed since 1883. Equestrianism remains an Olympic sport. At the 5th Military World Games, there will be three events: dressage, jumping, and eventing. In all of them, male and female riders compete together, without distinction by gender. In dressage, the riders must display control of the horse in specific exercises. In jumping, on the other hand, strength and expertise are required from both horse and rider in order to jump over obstacles on a course. Agility is also needed in order to complete the course in the least time possible. In eventing, the pair are tested on rougher terrain and a longer course. By Dialogo July 15, 2011last_img read more

Costa Rica: 470 kilograms of cocaine seized

first_imgBy Dialogo March 20, 2013 SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Costa Rican authorities said tests confirmed they seized 470 kilograms of cocaine off a ship they stopped in the South Pacific on March 18. Drug Control Police (PCD) agents discovered the cocaine divided into 50 packs along with 30 barrels of fuel to power the four-engine vessel. Two Ecuadorans and two Costa Ricans were arrested on international narco-trafficking charges, which carry a sentence of between eight and 20 years in prison. Mauricio Boraschi, Costa Rica’s national anti-drug commissioner, said the confiscation was the result of a joint operation between Costa Rica and the United States. [Xinhua (Costa Rica), 20/03/2013; El Universo (Costa Rica), 19/03/2013]last_img read more

Upcoming recess opportunity to continue advocacy momentum

first_img continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA is engaged with several activities on Capitol Hill this week, the last week both the House and Senate are in session before both chambers recess until June 5. CUNA Chief Advocacy Office Ryan Donovan urges credit unions to keep up the advocacy momentum over the recess, arranging credit unions visits, in-district meetings and other opportunities.“The upcoming recess is a great opportunity to get the credit union message out in policymakers’ home districts,” Donovan said. “We’ve seen some congressional attention on regulatory relief, and it’s up to credit union leaders to make sure we keep that momentum when Congress gets back.”One piece of regulatory relief legislation, the Financial CHOICE Act, will not make it to the House floor this week. It will likely receive consideration when the House returns from recess.CUNA is also engaged in the following hearings this week:Tuesday, 10 a.m. (ET): House Committee on Ways and Means second hearing in its series of hearings on comprehensive tax reform. CUNA wrote to the committee for last week’s tax reform hearing;last_img read more

Kids Caught in Crossfire of Nassau County vs. Union Fight, Nonprofit Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Virginia Singletary shifts uneasily in her chair while thinking of how fellow at-risk parents may lose their children to foster care if Nassau County takes over the nonprofit-run program that helped her.Family Ties, run by the Family and Children’s Association (FCA), coached the 52-year-old Hempstead woman through what she called “crucial situations” as she tried to keep her family together, something the program has done for about 200 families annually over the past 20 years. But the program’s 28 social workers recently learned that Nassau plans to end its contract next March following an unrelated union dispute, officials said. That’s because the union that represents county Department of Social Services (DSS) workers last year won a grievance to take over a separate program, but county and union officials later agreed to have Nassau absorb Family Ties instead, officials said.“The word alone, DSS, gives me a jilt in my stomach,” Singletary said, adding that the agency hasn’t been as helpful to her as FCA. “I’m just feeling like the sheet has been pulled from under us.”In 2012, the Nassau County Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 830 had filed a grievance arguing that the county didn’t give the union enough time to respond to a proposal to hire FCA to offer alternatives to children who are so disobedient that their parents, guardians or other authorities must file a Person In Need of Supervision (PINS) petition in Family Court.When approved, PINS petitions allow judges to place dangerously out-of-control minors in foster care, group homes or other facilities where they can get special behavioral treatment. To give kids subject to such petitions a chance to improve and remain with their family, New York State a decade ago mandated PINS Diversion—the counseling program that CSEA said DSS should handle, not FCA. The nonprofit’s PINS Diversion program is called Family Solutions.Last November Elliott Shriftman, a Southampton-based arbitration attorney, ruled in favor of CSEA. DSS officials said that the settlement hasn’t been finalized, but an informal agreement was reached allowing FCA’s $2 million Family Ties contract be converted to a county-run program instead of FCA’s $1.3 million Family Solutions contract. It’s unclear when that deal is expected to be finalized; Shriftman could not be reached for comment.“Pursuant to the interim award, and with the mediation of the arbitrator, preventive services were returned to union members rather than PINS Diversion,” said Karen Garber, a spokeswoman for Nassau DSS. “The PINS Diversion program serves an extremely at-risk population, and there was a desire to avoid disturbing services in that area.”Asked to explain how children facing foster care if their parents aren’t helped by the Family Ties program are less “extremely at-risk” than children facing foster care if their parents win a PINS petition, Garber conceded that both sets of clients face “the same level of risk.” She then said that DSS workers aren’t experienced enough to handle PINS Diversion cases.“Family Solutions offers a wider range of clinical services, whereby Family Ties offers a wider range of casework,” Garber said. “It was recognized during mediation that civil service titles within DSS’s child welfare division does not require clinical experience, which is necessary to manage PINS Diversion. Based on the arbitrator’s decision, it was determined that Family Solutions should remain intact, and CSEA members could perform preventive services.”Now it’s FCA staffers who feel like their family is being broken up by bureaucrats. They plan to rally,testify and hold a news conference on the issue before the county legislature holds its next meeting in Mineola on Monday.“Our staff and the kids in the community are being caught in the crossfire of a labor dispute between the county and the union,” said Jeffrey Reynolds, FCA’s president and CEO. He said that DSS Commissioner John Imhoff gave him the news on June 12.“It was like walking into a buzz saw,” Reynolds added, “because that program was never on the table.”Rich Dopkin, director of communications for the CSEA, said that since the award is not yet final, he could not address the specifics of the case, but he insisted that “no one is getting neglected.”The staff of Family Ties, FCA’s second-largest program in Nassau, touts a 98-percent success rate of keeping kids out of foster care. Likening their casework to a calling, they’re concerned about how well DSS social workers—who’ve seen multiple rounds of layoffs in recent years—will handle their clients.“It’s not just a job for us,” said Donna Teichner, assistant director of Family Ties, which is based in Hempstead. “It’s a mission.”last_img read more

Cleveland’s office cheer

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Achievement unlocked: Transjakarta breaks record for serving one million customers in a day

first_img“This service [Jak Lingko] is very helpful as a first-and last-mile public transportation provider. As many as 257,981 customers are using its service to date,” Nadia said.She added that Transjakarta and the city administration hoped to maintain their consistency in providing integrated transportation across Jakarta.“Thank you for being with us in advancing transportation in Jakarta.”Read also: Capital recognized for improving transportation The city-owned bus operator is focusing on developing an independent transportation program. It has begun to implement way-finding systems and Tap On Bus payment devices in its non-bus rapid transit (non-BRT) fleet.Transjakarta operates two kinds of buses: the BRT fleet, which runs in a dedicated corridor and the non-BRT fleet, which runs outside the special corridor.The company has prepared a long-term corporate plan focusing on four main targets to be achieved in the next five to 10 years. The targets are increasing ridership, fleet services, infrastructure and non-ticket revenue.Transjakarta is set to procure 4,334 new buses: 967 BRT, 1,167 non-BRT and 2,200 angkot. After that, the service is expected to cover more areas with 285 routes.Jakarta won an honorable mention award from the Sustainable Award Committee (STA) in January for its efforts to sustainably develop transportation in the city. The award was given for Transjakarta’s increasing number of passengers, up 200 percent in less than 3 years.Topics : City-owned bus operator PT Transjakarta made Jakarta public transportation history on Tuesday for achieving its goal of serving one million customers in a day.“Transjakarta served 1,006,579 customers on Tuesday, up from [an average of] 987,583 customers [per day] from the previous week,” Transjakarta spokeswoman Nadia Diposanjoyo said in a statement issued on Wednesday.She said Transjakarta appreciated the support from and collaboration with the Jakarta administration, particularly its transportation agency. She added that the record was achieved thanks to the Jak Lingko angkot (public minivan) service launched by the city, which was integrated with Transjakarta services.last_img read more

Online Kamisan: Activism goes digital during COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgAs the COVID-19 pandemic forces people to stay indoors, human rights activists have embraced digital platforms to have their voices heard and express their demands. Kamisan, a weekly silent protest held every Thursday in front of the Presidential Palace complex, is one such movement that has shifted to social media.”Online Kamisan will continue to accommodate the struggle against violations of human rights amid the pandemic,” the head of the impunity watch division of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS), Dimas Bagus Arya Saputra, told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.According to Dimas, who is also one of the coordinators of the Kamisan protest, the online version of the silent protest has been conducted since March 19, mainly on Twitter and Instagram. In addition, online Kamisan also conducts live Instagram streaming every Thursday at 4 p.m. with different speakers discussing different issues every week.One of the @AksiKamisan social media account administrators, Ahmad Sajali, said a live Instagram streaming could attract up to 1,800 views.”Posts on #kamisanonline have been uploaded hundreds of times through Twitter and Instagram combined,” he said. “We have seen more engagement as compared with the usual on-street Kamisan protests during this pandemic.”Maria Katarina Sumarsih, a doyen of the Kamisan protest, said the digital rally mostly targeted the younger generation as elderly people rarely used social media.”The Kamisan protest on the street was much more tangible as we could share our voices and demands face to face. I just wish the pandemic would be over soon so we can meet again at the usual Kamisan rally,” she told the Post.However, she added that the spirit of the Kamisan protest remained as she still routinely wrote to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, demanding justice for her son, the victim of a past human rights violation, and other unaddressed contemporary human rights issues. Through an online graphics template posted every Thursday on the @AksiKamisan official Twitter account, Twitter users are able to write in comments and demands relating to human rights issues.This week’s Kamisan rally took women’s empowerment as the theme in accordance with the Kartini Day celebration.In response to the recent arrest of human rights activist Ravio Patra, Twitter users adopted this week’s Kamisan protest to voice their opinions.”Ibu Kartini would have wept to see her children who fought against injustice being arrested one by one,” wrote Twitter account @trisnabayuzzz.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Govt aims for 2021 budget deficit at 5.5% of GDP, sees growth near 5%

first_img“The 2021 state budget is designed to accelerate the economic recovery nationwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jokowi said in his speech on the 2021 state budget draft before lawmakers on Friday. “The fiscal relaxation of more than 3 percent will be needed again.”The government issued Law No. 2/2020 this year that allows, among other things, for a state budget deficit beyond the previous 3 percent cap, as it seeks to fund its pandemic response with more debt.Jokowi assured the public that the deficit would be funded using “secure financing sources” and would be prudently managed.“The financing of the 2021 state budget deficit will be done in cooperation with the monetary authority while maintaining fiscal and monetary discipline and integrity, credibility and the market’s trust in government debt papers,” he said. The government expects Indonesia’s state budget deficit to remain wide next year to provide room for efforts to support economic recovery and structural reforms amid the pandemic-induced uncertainty.The government has proposed Rp 2.74 quadrillion (US$186.08 billion) in state expenditure next year, while state income is expected to reach Rp 1.77 quadrillion.The resulting budget deficit is therefore projected to reach Rp 971.2 trillion or 5.5 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) next year, which compares to an estimated 6.34 percent of GDP this year, as the government continues its stimulus into next year to stoke economic activity. The government and Bank Indonesia (BI) have agreed to a burden-sharing scheme worth Rp 574.59 trillion to finance the nation’s COVID-19 response and bolster economic recovery efforts. The scheme will be implemented only this year, and the bonds will be tradable, which will allow Bank Indonesia to use them for its monetary operations.Indonesia’s economy shrank 5.32 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter as economic activity fell significantly. The government expects economic growth of no more than 1 percent this year, or a contraction of 0.4 percent in its worst-case scenario.For next year, it projects a rebound with GDP growth between 4.5 percent and 5.5 percent.“This growth is expected to be supported by increasing household spending and investment as the main drivers,” Jokowi said.The government plans to provide Rp 356.5 trillion (US$24.04 billion) in stimulus spending next year to bolster the economic recovery and procure the coronavirus vaccines, Jokowi went on to say.”We are hoping that the state spending policy allows us to achieve development targets in 2021,” the President said. The govt expects a poverty rate of 9.2 to 9.7 percent and an unemployment of 7.7 to 9.1 percent next year.Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery drops Mesut Ozil selection hint ahead of Arsenal vs Wolves

first_imgAdvertisement Ozil impressed in the Carabao Cup against Liverpool earlier this week (Getty Images)‘I spoke with him on Tuesday. I said to him every time what is my plan with him. When he’s available, when he’s training well, when he’s consistent, when he’s positive he can help us a lot.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Now I am seeing him positive and consistent. On Wednesday with his performance in Liverpool, I think this is the way we want.‘Also I am helping him, supporting him, demanding him. This is the Mesut I think everybody wants.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked if he is concerned about damaging Ozil’s confidence if he leaves him out of the squad again, Emery replied: ‘He has big experience. When you talk about players who are ready to play under high pressure, one is Mesut Ozil.‘I think he has confidence and I think he has respect. When he is in that positive way, when he is available consistently, he has the respect from us and from every supporter.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Nov 2019 8:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Unai Emery says Mesut Ozil is in contention to start against Wolves (Getty Images)Unai Emery has hinted that Mesut Ozil could keep his place in Arsenal’s starting XI for their Premier League clash against Wolves on Saturday.The 31-year-old made just one appearance in the Premier League this season but his performance against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening has now put pressure on Emery to keep the midfielder in the side.Ozil has been left out of seven matchday squads in the Premier League this season but Emery has already confirmed that the midfielder will be in contention for Wolves’ visit to the Emirates Stadium.‘He is in the squad and I think he has the possibility to play,’ said Emery.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Unai Emery drops Mesut Ozil selection hint ahead of Arsenal vs Wolves Advertisementlast_img read more