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first_imgThe completion of seven big power plants and four power distribution projects have been delayed indefinitely due to the health crisis, causing power sector investment and plans to slow entering the second half.Seven of the delayed plants are coal-fired – contributing 74 percent of total capacity – but there is also one gas-fired and one hydropower plant, according to Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry data made available to reporters on Aug. 2.Meanwhile, the delayed power distribution projects comprise substations in South Sulawesi, Aceh and Riau and a transmission line in Banten. All 11 projects were delayed due to international lockdowns that restricted the movement of skilled workers and materials.“This was a global issue,” said the energy ministry’s electrification director general, Rida Mulyana, on July 30. “Hopefully, once the… Linkedin Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Topics : Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here power-plant coal renewable-energy pandemic COVID-19 electricity investment PLN Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgGareth Bale is “close” to sealing a sensational move back to Tottenham, the player’s agent Jonathan Barnett said on Wednesday, seven years after joining the Spanish giants from Spurs for a world record fee.The Wales international has been frozen out by Real manager Zinedine Zidane and said earlier this month he was open to returning to the Premier League.Bale twice won Premier League Players’ Player of the Year during his first spell at Tottenham, which saw him score 56 goals in 203 appearances and lure Madrid into paying a then world-record £85 million ($132 million, 100 million euros) for his services. Turbulent relationship Bale has won the Champions League four times, scoring in the 2014 and 2018 final, and won two La Liga titles at Madrid, but his time at the club is largely viewed as an expensive failure in Spain.Real president Florentino Perez’s plan for Bale to take over the mantle as Madrid’s talisman from Cristiano Ronaldo never materialised as his role has significantly reduced under Zidane since Ronaldo left the club two years ago.Bale started just one match when the 2019/20 season resumed after the coronavirus hiatus and caused a stir with his behavior while he watched on in the stands.The winger still has an emotional attachment to Tottenham after joining the club from Southampton as a teenager, where he developed from a left-back into one of the world’s most exciting forwards.Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, who managed Bale for four years at Tottenham, said he would bring “that little bit of magic” to Mourinho’s side, who lost their first game of the Premier League season to Everton.”It would be a fantastic signing for the club,” Redknapp told BBC Radio Wales. “It would be great for Gareth to get back playing again. He’s such a talent, such a great player. It’s a waste to see him not playing.”Bale’s return to playing regularly in the Premier League would also be a boost for Wales manager Ryan Giggs with Euro 2020 to come at the end of the season.Tottenham are also close to completing the signing of Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon for around 30 million euros.Reguilon enjoyed an excellent season for Madrid in 2018/19 but Zidane sent the 23-year-old on loan last year to Sevilla, where he helped them finish fourth in La Liga and win the Europa League.A buy-back clause is expected to be inserted into the deal, which would allow Real to re-sign Reguilon from Spurs in the next two years.Topics : When asked about Tottenham’s move for Bale, Barnett told AFP: “It’s close but not done.” He added: “It’s a complicated deal.” Bale has two years left on a contract that pays him around 30 million euros a year at Real Madrid.Madrid are pushing for a permanent transfer, while Spurs would prefer a loan move that involves the Spanish champions covering a portion of the 31-year-old’s wages.According to reports in England, Tottenham are set to pay £13 million of Bale’s salary for a year-long loan.center_img Bale joined Madrid the summer that Jose Mourinho left the Spanish giants, but the Tottenham manager said he had tried to sign him during his spell as Real boss.”I tried to sign him during my time at Real Madrid and the president followed my instinct and knowledge and the season I left, he brought Gareth to the club,” Mourinho said in a press conference on Wednesday. “That’s no secret and Gareth knows that.”last_img read more

first_imgThe European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) will provide an independent performance assessment of Verdant Power’s 5th Generation (Gen5) tidal turbine system to be deployed for commercial demonstration in New York City’s East River in 2020.The deployment will be conducted under Verdant Power’s Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project and will be comprised of three Gen5 turbines mounted on a Verdant Power TriFrame.Verdant Power secured $6 million in funding for the effort in late 2018, including support from the US Department of Energy and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).EMEC will aim to extend its ISO/IEC accreditation as a test laboratory to assess the performance of the three Gen5 turbines using international technical specifications and seek to become the first marine energy test laboratory to issue a report through the IECRE system, the Centre said.Elaine Buck, technical manager at EMEC, said: “EMEC has been central to the development of standards for marine energy for nearly two decades, and we will bring these skills to bear on the RITE project. Verdant Power are an innovative company with a strong vision for where they are heading, and we are delighted they have selected EMEC to be part of that vision.“This will be the first time EMEC has carried out an off-site performance assessment, and potentially the first marine energy test report issued through the IECRE. This will set a new bar for tidal energy technologies globally.“As a stage for EMEC’s first tidal energy performance assessment outside Orkney, you couldn’t ask for somewhere higher profile than New York City.”Ron Smith, president at Verdant Power, added: “Our efforts at the RITE Project over the last decade have allowed us to advance our technology, and the marine energy industry, in significant ways.  As such, working with EMEC, the world’s premier marine energy test facility, is a natural fit for us.  The addition of their technical expertise and particularly their independent third-party verification of our system’s performance is key as we bring the technology to market. “Furthermore, utilizing the newly formed IECRE System and issuing the world’s first Renewable Energy Test Report (RETR) for the assessment of power performance for a tidal energy converter not only supports our company mission but also advances the marine energy industry at large.”last_img read more

first_imgSchwegman has launched a tech company that will bring jobs to central Indiana.Shawn Schwegman, the son of Bev and Terry Schwegman of Franklin County, has launched a technology company that will develop applications for smart phones, tablets and desktop computers.Gusto, LLC, is a startup business-to-consumer technology company in Indianapolis that plans to add up to 150 jobs in the next few years.Schwegman began working in startup companies over twenty years ago and has held leadership positions at companies such as ChaCha and Overstock.com.“Startup companies you know, you work 60, 70, 80, 90 hours a week, but you have fun doing it and I am passionate about it,” Schwegman said.He is spending a lot of time at the office, as Gusto will launch the debut product, which is an iPhone app that combines mobile e-mail with secure cloud storage.“Over half of email is opened on a smart phone, and to not see or have access to all of your files is a real pain,” Schwegman said. “That is a challenge that we really want to fix.”“The way I typically describe [the app], is that you use Google to search the world’s content, you will use Gusto to search yours and communicate about it.”The app will be released in March.The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Gusto over $2.6 million in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company’s inititiave to add jobs. The incentives would be available if the company proceeds to hire more workers.Gusto was formally known under a different name when Schwegman interviewed for the chief marketing officer position. He told the founders they wouldn’t want to hire him because he would alter the company’s direction.Schwegman reflected on the interview as he explained to the founders, “I would go after a new product, different vision, I am really trying to solve this email problem on mobile, so it would be a different company so respectively I decline.”He was called the next day and offered the position for chief executive officer. The company went in an entirely different direction including a new name, new product and new bank accounts.Franklin County isn’t exactly a hot bed of young tech talent. Schwegman did share advice for those interested in the career field, saying, “Jump in with both feet and don’t look!”“Find your passion, that is rule number one. It may be a high paying career or low paying career, and none of that matters. What matters is following your passion.”last_img read more

first_imgMy wife was going through e-mails recently and found this article on wrestling for girls.  Twelve states now have a sanctioned state championship in girls’ wrestling.  A few of these states are Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, and Missouri.  In Indiana, it is still just a boys’ sport.  Since Title IX, if a young lady wants to wrestle, she may compete, but it has to be on the boys’ team.Locally, several girls have tried the sport, but few of them continue beyond junior high.  That does not mean that no one in this area has not had success at the high school level.  Demi Strub competed at East Central as a part of the boys’ team.  She did win some high school matches but never reached the level she desired.  Outside of the IHSAA she was quite successful.  On several occasions she was a national runner-up in women’s tournaments.  Her father coached at East Central and is an advocate to put women’s wrestling on the IHSAA list of sanctioned sports.I would certainly rather have a daughter or granddaughter participate in wrestling rather than to try the ultimate fighting–or boxing.  I am not an advocate of young ladies having to compete against young men.  They need their own playing field.last_img read more

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 449 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.  A total of 38,748 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.  To date, 327,342 tests have been reported to ISDH at an 11.8% positive rate and 25 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,198 Hoosiers have died to date.Decatur County has a total of 235 positive cases and 32 deaths, Franklin County has 119 positive cases and 8 deaths, and Ripley County has 109 positive cases and 6 deaths according to numbers reported to the Indiana State Department of Health.last_img read more

first_img McIlroy drove into the water on the par-four 11th and then hit his approach into the creek short of the green as well, the world number two then leaning on the offending iron so hard he bent the shaft out of shape. That meant he could not use the club for the rest of the round as he ran up a quadruple-bogey eight on the hole and a closing 76 to finish 14 over par. “I just hit a bad tee shot into the creek there and what you don’t want to do as a golfer is follow one mistake with another, and that’s what I did,” McIlroy said. “And obviously I got a bit frustrated there. “It’s a hole that you want to try to take advantage of. It’s a hole that you want to at least give yourself a birdie chance and you walk off with a quad and it’s not very good. “I think that’s what this tournament does to you. At one point or another it’s got the better of you, and it definitely did this weekend. Press Associationcenter_img Rory McIlroy admitted frustration had got the better of him as he damaged one of his clubs in the final round of the US Open at Merion.last_img read more

first_imgOne of the most thrilling football competitions in the world will return to television screens around the world beginning from this weekend when the LaLiga season kicks off.Already, there are plenty of changes expected for the 2018/19 LaLiga Santander season, with a flurry of activity still ongoing in the transfer market, three clubs fresh from promotion from LaLiga 1|2|3, and stadiums better equipped than ever to give fans the most thrilling experience possible.There have also been two significant advances on the technology front, with the most up-to-date broadcasting technology now implemented to bring the spectacle to screens around the world, as well as the introduction of VAR. The first of 38 LaLiga match-days kicks off on August 17th. The 2018/19 LaLiga Santander season will of course have three new teams on board, in the shape of SD Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and R. Valladolid CF. It will be Huesca’s maiden season in the Spanish top flight and the club’s participation in LaLiga Santander will put the city of just 50,000 inhabitants on the map.While Huesca is new to the elite of Spanish football, Rayo knows the division well: The club is now set for its seventh stint in the top tier. Top-class football will be returning to the Madrid neighbourhood of Vallecas, which gave fantastic backing to their team last season.Last but not least is R. Valladolid. The club is back in the big time after an absence of four years and will be the only LaLiga Santander club flying the flag for the autonomous community of Castilla y Leon. Part of the renowned wine region of Ribera del Duero, Valladolid has common ground with D. Alaves, the Basque clubs and the aforementioned Huesca in being an important centre for viticulture.Aside from new clubs, there are plenty of fresh faces whom fans will be keen to watch. Star names from across the globe have joined LaLiga Santander clubs, the most eye-catching transfers being Chile’s Arturo Vidal to FC Barcelona, France’s Thomas Lemar to Atletico Madrid and Peru’s Luis Advincula to Rayo.Three other notable names heading to pastures new within Spain are Mexico’s Miguel Layun, who has joined Villarreal CF, Nigeria’s Moses Simon, who has joined Levante, and Japan’s Takashi Inui, who has signed for Real Betis. The transfer window doesn’t close until August 31st, so LaLiga Santander clubs still have plenty of time to add quality to their ranks.The LaLiga Santander broadcasts will be of the highest possible standard, with Skycams, the Intel True View system and 4K production set to be a permanent fixture, as all 20 stadiums are now equipped with the requirements for these cutting-edge transmissions.In addition to the technological advances in broadcasting, VAR will make its debut in Spain following its success at the World Cup. All of this makes for a more exciting, fair and modern footballing experience.No fewer than 380 nail-biting encounters, heightened emotions every matchday and the agony and ecstasy that await the culmination of the season are all things that will make the LaLiga Santander 2018/19 season a unique spectacle.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgSarah Hamm-Alvarez, Gavin S. Herbert professor of pharmaceutical sciences, was named a 2014 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists fellow at the association’s annual meeting and exposition in November.AAPS’s primary criterion for election to fellow status is “professional excellence in the fields relevant to the mission of AAPS,” which is “based on the individual’s documented sustained level of superior and distinguished professional achievement and contributions in a relevant field.” Recipients must be AAPS members.Hamm-Alvarez, who is also executive vice dean and vice dean for research and graduate affairs at the School of Pharmacy and director of research development for Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute, is one of 17 scientists nationwide and the fourth person from the School of Pharmacy to be recognized. She was designated with this honor for her breakthrough translational research on membranes.Hamm-Alvarez’s work made early detection of Sjögren’s syndrome possible through the discovery of pathological changes in membrane trafficking mechanisms in lacrimal gland acinar cells. Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that leads to damage of the glands that produce tears and saliva, resulting in dry mouth and eyes. It may affect other body parts such as the kidneys and lungs.“The test we’ve developed provides a low-cost diagnostic tool that has the potential to increase early identification of Sjögren’s syndrome patients,” Hamm-Alvarez told USC News. “We’ve discovered an enzyme that is enriched in the tears when examined in our lab disease models.”The current translational trial is moving her invention into a marketable product that can be used by ophthalmologists and optometrists to diagnose the potentially dangerous disease as simply and effectively as possible.“This is an exciting next step for us,” Hamm-Alvarez told USC News. “It promises early diagnosis of Sjögren’s disease and early diagnosis promises better health outcomes.”Hamm-Alvarez received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carleton College in 1986 and was awarded a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University in 1990. At Duke, she completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in cell biology, and in 1993, she joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty at USC as an assistant professor. Her other research emphases include protein-targeted drug delivery and characterizing nanoparticle interactions with cells. She has authored numerous papers and reviews in her field and lends her expertise as a reviewer of a variety of journals and grant review boards.last_img read more