AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Read more: DEWA forms a partnership to share sustainability practices Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Padmanathan added: “It also reflects ACWA Power’s strong financial standing and reliability as well as the credence we have gained from global and financial institutions that have been developed over years of successful operations and partnerships. This project is another example of our commitment to supply affordable potable water to more people by developing efficient water infrastructure that will cater for the growing demand in the country.” Read more: Senegal to host 2021 World Water Forum “We are pleased to partner with FEWA and Mubadala on the first IWP infrastructure in Umm Al Quwain. Successfully achieving financial closure at this stage is testament to the readiness of the market for private-public partnerships,” said ACWA Power President & CEO, Paddy Padmanathan. The Water Purchase Agreement with off-taker, FEWA, is signed for a 35-year term, and the plant is expected to be commercially operational by July 2022. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A consortium consisting of ACWA Power and MDC Power Holding Company, an entity fully owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC (Mubadala) along with the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA), have achieved the financial closure for the 150 MIGD Umm Al Quwain Independent Water Project (IWP) in the United Arab Emirates. TAGSACWA PowerDesalinationUAE Previous articleNigerian GenCos threaten shutdown over feesNext articleGreen Climate Fund approves $100m for China’s sustainable projects Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. “We are delighted to have shown FEWA that we are a partner of choice through the timely financial close of this project and our contribution to securing cost-effective and energy-efficient potable water supply for the Northern Emirates. This project is a strong indicator of how ACWA Power has developed a stronghold in the United Arab Emirates. We look forward to capitalising on this opportunity and supporting the envisioned growth for the country.” The $800 million project is funded on a debt to equity ratio of up to 85/15. A syndicate of seven international and local lenders will provide the $680 million senior debt. BRICS Featured image: Stock Finance and Policy The UAQ IWP is an Independent Water Project based on Reverse Osmosis Technology. The plant along with the associated Intake & Outfall facilities shall be developed to produce 150 MIGD (682,000 m³/day) of desalinated water and will be located at a coastal site in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain along the border of Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. Generation According to a company statement, the mandated lead entities including Korea Development Bank, MUFG Bank, Siemens Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, First Abu Dhabi Bank and Samba Financial Group helped structure the first IWP non-recourse project finance debt for FEWA on a 24.5-year door-to-door tenor. Chief Investment Officer, Rajit Nanda also commented: “Umm Al Quwain IWP marks a special moment for us, not only because it is the largest desalination project in Northern Emirates but also due to its role in the development of the first IWP non-recourse project financing structure for FEWA that will deliver value for years to come.” UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development
Stagecoach, Wales’ biggest operator running 400 buses, has threatened a legal challenge over plans by the Welsh Government to make damaging changes to the country’s concessionary travel scheme. .The company has given the Welsh Government a deadline of 1 April to re-think its decision to set a new rate at which operators are reimbursed, which would result in a 24m cut in the scheme’s budget, or face a potential judicial review.Stagecoach says that legal advice from Herbert Smith Freehills suggests key failings in the process the Welsh Government has followed. The Government may also be liable to pay compensation for â€œviolation of EU law.â€Lawyers have also written to 10 local authorities in Wales responsible for implementing the concessionary travel scheme in areas covered by Stagecoach operations, pointing out that following the Welsh Government’s new guidance would be unlawful.Stagecoach has attacked the â€œbrutal, flawed and unlawful cutsâ€ by the Welsh Government, which last month confirmed a three-year funding package of 189m for its free bus travel scheme across Wales. The budget has been cut by over 11% from the 213.3m package provided over the past three years.The scheme provides free travel to more than 720,000 concessionary pass holders in Wales, including Armed Forces personnel and veterans. Under the scheme, bus operators should be reimbursed for the full costs of participating in the compulsory scheme.However, legal experts suggest the Welsh Government has erred in law by unilaterally capping the scheme to fit within an allocated budget, rather than following the statutory â€œno better, no worse offâ€ principle.CPT Cymru has written to Welsh Transport Minister, Edwina Hart, to express its concerns. Operators warn that the cuts will undermine public transport across the country, damage local communities and hit jobs and the economy. They said the impact of the funding cut would be even worse after taking account of inflation.Stagecoach in Wales MD John Gould says: â€œThe Welsh Government has so far refused to listen to warnings from bus operators, passengers, public transport campaigners and community groups. Legal action is a last resort and we have written to the Welsh Government to give them an opportunity to re-think their decision. We want to protect people from the devastating impact of these brutal, flawed and unlawful cuts.â€œThe Government has broken the key principle that operators are properly and fully reimbursed for the costs of participating in the mandatory scheme. It has rewritten the rules to its own specification and to suit its own purposes while dressing up the changes as the result of an independent review. The damage will be felt all across Wales and people are rightly angry.â€The cut also follows the Welsh Government’s 25% reduction in Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) in the last 12 months, which has already increased the cost of bus travel for passengers and adversely affected the viability of bus routes.In a statement the Welsh Government says: â€œThe new rate, recommended by an independent review, maintains the principle that bus operators who take part in the scheme are no better and no worse off. Any operator who believes they may be adversely affected by a local authority’s reimbursement arrangements have the right to appeal to Welsh Ministers.â€
Finally, Martin Shkreli might have the chance to get funky!After buying the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album for $2 million back in December, the infamous pharmaceutical CEO recently tried to purchase Kanye West’s new album and keep it all for himself. While Yeezy denied Shkreli’s offer, another band has pitched him an offer he can’t refuse: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong.The beloved Baltimore funk ensemble is en route to releasing their third LP, Pleasure, on April 1st. They recently shared their first single, “Live It Up,” but the band has some new plans for the album release. In an open letter penned to Shkreli, Pigeons have offered the unheard album for a sum of $2.5 million, and is even going as far as to throw in their van for the sale!Read the band’s letter to Shkreli, below:The band also tweeted at Shkreli directly, and are hoping more fans will do the same to get the news across: Good luck Pigeons!
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs start now — and it’s all on the line. Sixteen drivers begin their march to Miami on Sunday, but only four will get there intact.Ten races separate one of these 16 from the best prize in all of motorsports: a Cup championship.This year’s playoff field has a trio of drivers who have dominated the competition throughout the regular season … but who have looked more human in recent weeks … a driver going for a record eighth championship … who hasn’t won yet this year … and a bevy of talented young drivers itching to break through as title contenders … if they can withstand the pressure.It’s the NASCAR Playoffs.Get a deep, detailed preview of the postseason with the below coverage from NASCAR.com. It begins today at 3 p.m. ET at Las Vegas (NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).THE DRIVERS• Overall outlook? Key stats? Best tracks? We break down all that, plus more, in this in-depth look at every driver. | READ MORE• Reigning champion Martin Truex Jr. faces an uncertain future, knowing he’s going to a new team next year. How about a repeat, champ? “Hell yes, let’s go do this!” Truex says. | READ MORE• Austin Dillon was the first driver to qualify for the postseason when he won the Daytona 500. His plan for advancing? Simple, the jovial Dillon says. Wreck the “Big 3.” | READ MORE• Jimmie Johnson is going for his eighth series championship … and his first win of the year. It’s unfair, Johnson says, to suggest he’s throwing in the towel in the midst of a down year. | READ MORE• No driver enters the playoffs at Las Vegas with more momentum than Brad Keselowski. Two wins in a row for the Team Penske driver makes him a title threat. | READ MORE• Kevin Harvick is known for stirring the pot, which he did again on our live Playoffs Show. His comment? Joey Logano would have won the championship in 2015 if he hadn’t spun Matt Kenseth at Kansas. Will the words have any carryover? | READ MORETHE STORIES• The most comprehensive Round of 16 preview you’ll read is here. David Smith breaks down what every driver needs to advance to the Round 12, and throws in some stats that may surprise you. (The playoff driver with highest crash rate? Stunning) | READ MORESean Gardner | Getty Images• Every year a driver most fans and pundits project to be eliminated in the Round of 16 surprises us by advancing to the Round of 12 … and sometimes even the Round of 8. Zack Albert and Chase Wilhelm debate who fits the bill this year. | READ MORE• Now more than ever, we’re seeing more last-lap passes for the win, a byproduct of NASCAR’s playoffs format. Matt Crossman identifies six unwritten rules that drivers try to follow … even though it doesn’t always work out that way. | READ MORE• The “Big 3” of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. all are favored to make the Championship 4. But will it actually happen? Or will one get bounced before the title race? Zack Albert and Chase Wilhelm debate. | READ MORETHE EMOTIONS• Heartbreak. It happens every postseason, and will happen again this year. Here are the moments that still hurt for drivers even today. | READ MORE• Joy. Drivers faced with must-win situations who go out and win? Yeah, that’s joyful. And clutch. | READ MORE• Fulfilled. Some moments live long beyond the time in which they happen. Some moments live forever. | READ MOREMatt Sullivan | Getty ImagesTHE WORDS• Jimmie Johnson? He’s a “sleeping giant,” at least according to Clint Bowyer. | WATCH VIDEO• Beyond just your own performance, drivers have to be wary of others around them. Why? They can make your playoffs hell according to Kyle Busch, who called out a driver for doing just that in 2017. | WATCH VIDEO • The Round of 16 has a totally new feel with three new tracks — including the Charlotte road course in the elimination race. “A lot of chaos” awaits, Brad Keselowski says. | WATCH VIDEO• No other context needed: “Yes I will wreck his ass, wreck him, to win a championship. Here’s where the problem lies — he’ll do the same thing.” Who said it? | MORE TOP QUOTESTHE FANFARE• Playoff emojis are back! See how to engage on another level with your favorite playoff driver. | SEE THEM ALL• Still need to get hype? No problem. Watch this video on how we got here, with highlights and clips from some of the best moments of the year so far. Problem solved. | WATCH HERE• There’s a new Fantasy Live game just in time for the postseason. RJ Kraft breaks down how to play. | READ MORETHE PICKS• Want our picks? We’ll give them to you here with five predictions and likelihoods to keep in mind throughout the postseason, including the driver most likely to make the Championship 4. | READ MORE
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreVeterans are getting a big thank you from companies that are providing free meals and discounts in honor of Veterans Day this week. Applebees, Golden Corral, Chili’s and Hooters are all offering free meals to vets, both active and retired, while Outback Steakhouses are giving away Bloomin’ Onions. Applebees – All of the the nearly 1,900 restaurants are offering a free meal to veterans and active-duty service members across the U.S., with 7 entrées to choose from. Active duty, reserved and retired vets are all welcome on Thursday, Nov. 11. (Drinks and tips not included.) The chain expects to serve more than one million meals this year. Last year, lines formed even before the doors opened and tables were packed. Golden Corral – To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 2.5 million free meals to veterans. This year, their 9th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner will be held on Monday, November 15, 2010 from 5 pm to 9 pm in all Golden Corral Restaurants nationwide. The free “thank you” dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the US Military, National Guard or Reserves. Last year’s Military Appreciation Monday served over 335,000 soldiers with a free dinner buffet and beverage. The chain has also contributed over $4.1 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization. Click here to locate one near you.Chili’s – Participating Chili’s are offering a free meal on Thursday to all military veterans past and present, with a choice from 6 entrees. (Drinks and tips not included.) Locate a store and call ahead to confirm participation.Outback Steakhouses nationwide are offering their appreciation to veterans and active duty military with a free Bloomin’ Onion and Beverage (one non-alcoholic drink). Available at every Outback in the country on Veterans Day.Outback doesn’t wait until a November holiday to show its support to soldiers. In 2002, Outback sent a team of volunteer employees to Afghanistan to feed American troops. Since then, Outback has made a total of 7 trips to the Middle East bringing a much needed taste of home to 150,000 troops. Earlier this year, Outback invited its guests to order off its “Red, White & Bloomin” Menu and donated $1 Million to Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that serves veterans.Hooters – Hooters is offering a free meal anytime on Thursday to military veterans and active duty personnel, with a choice of specialty items. (A drink purchase is required.)For discounts at other stores and attractions, visit www.themilitarywallet.com.Vets should be sure to bring their military ID cards with them.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Student Body Vice President Katie Rose led a debate about the possibility of Notre Dame establishing a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) in addition to the preexisting Core Council during Wednesday’s Senate meeting. Before delving into these issues, Chief of Staff Katie Baker praised the student body for the small amount of arrests over the first home football weekend. “There were only five students arrested and three non-students,” Baker said. “We are so happy that was the number, considering all the things that happened at Indiana University and Purdue in previous weekends.” Introduced by Off-Campus President Katie Kehl, Senate elected six new off-campus ambassadors, one from each popular off-campus living site: Caitlin Desmond for Legacy Village, Brittany Dunn-Pirio for Irish Row, Kaitlyn Marks for Irish Crossings, Conor Hegedus for Northeast Neighborhood, Andrea Suarez for The Foundry and Camille Sharrow for Stadium Club. “Their responsibility is to be the liaison between students living off campus and the on-campus student government,” Kehl said. Department of Gender Issues Director Matt Devine introduced the possibility of creating a GSA focus group to supplement Core Council. “Core Council exists as a discussion entity but is the equivalent to ‘outing yourself.’ Over half the students have to be out, with no questioning,” Devine said. “GSA would function as a support group between LGBQT students and those who support them … It’s a more holistic approach and a more closed environment.” Farley Hall Senator Monica Daegele, as well as several other senators, expressed her hall’s overwhelming support for the creation of a GSA. “The formation of a GSA would foster a community of support, as long as the University lets the students know what’s going on, maybe through some sort of forum,” Daegele said. Opposition from Keenan Hall Senator John Vernon sparked a debate. “I just hope [the administration] is getting the other side of this debate,” Vernon said. “I feel that our Catholic values should be upheld. Given the Catholic Church’s stance on these kinds of issues, having a Core Council is great … but the addition of a GSA might take it too far if they supported life choices relating to marriage specifically.” Welsh Family Hall Senator Felicia Byrd said she thinks a GSA is compatible with Catholic doctrine. “We want to make people feel included and have a safe haven,” Byrd said. “I don’t think GSA would take it too far.” Vernon then qualified his previous remarks and suggested the possibility of expanding the Core Council instead of adding GSA. “Don’t get me wrong, I am supportive of a welcome environmen ,” Vernon said. Switching gears, Rose introduced concerns about student-faculty relationships. “Faculty has noticed in the past five years or so a decline in ‘good’ student behavior, ranging from texting in class to coming in late or leaving for long periods of time,” Rose said. Class of 2014 President Lizzie Helping suggested funding professors to host students at their homes for class dinners. Baker also said student government is interested in exploring more flexible academic opportunities. “I know many schools have a create-your-own major or minor progra…,” Baker said. “Brett, Katie and I are very interested in talking more about this.” Rose ended the meeting on a positive note. “We are looking to collaborate to make sure we are in the best learning environment possible for all involved,” she said.
University President Fr. John Jenkins commended President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States in a statement Wednesday.“I congratulate Joseph R. Biden Jr. on his elevation today to president of the United States, becoming only the second Catholic in American history to assume the presidency and, like the nation’s first Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, a recipient of Notre Dame’s highest honor, the Laetare Medal,” he said in the release.Jenkins recounted his comments when he presented Biden with the award, a decision that sparked controversy when announced in 2016. The Medal is annually awarded to American Catholics who uplift the ideals of the Church and service society.“In awarding the Laetare Medal in 2016 to then-Vice President Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner, I said, ‘Vice President Biden reminded his fellow Democrats that those in the other party are “‘our opponents, not our enemies,”’” Jenkins said. “May his leadership help quell the venomous enmity so prevalent in our nation today.”In addition, Jenkins expressed hopefulness in the spirit of bipartisanship Biden could bring to the White House.“We can only be encouraged by the auspicious beginning to inauguration day for President Biden, when he attended Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in the company of the House and Senate Republican and Democratic leaders,” he said.Jenkins urged all Americans to pray for the new president and the country.Tags: President Biden, President John Jenkins, Presidential Inauguration
Hillcrest Elementary Fourth Grade students took a field trip to the local pumpkin patch. Students observed the differences and similarities of the different pumpkins and brought the knowledge back to the classroom for a writing assignment.
Shimano Di2 groups leave the cable holes unused.SRM power meters with the Look-made carbon crank arms were paired with an otherwise Dura-Ace system.The team had two bikes at their disposal for the road stages. The Reacto aero bike for longer flat days helped save drag.As did deeper wheels.The Scultura subbed in for climbing stages to save weight…or the riders just picked whichever bike they liked better.Capturing the Di2 wire inside the junction box’s strap seems like a clever way to keep it tidy. Check their team website out here.Check out every team’s bikes from the 2018 Giro here! K-Edge mounts were everywhere.Electrical tape = incremental gains. Check out the team website here.Bahrain-Merida Pro Bike ChecksBahrain-Merida’s Warp TT bikes used Fulcrum Speed wheels with the pro-only Continental tubulars and FSA Vision bars and extensions.Because of the sometimes convoluted routing required to keep brake cables out of the wind, TT brakes are not always the most powerful…or they suffer from cable drag that can slow performance. Here, the team put springs between the caliper’s cable entry and bolt points to help pop them open. Because the last thing you want when racing the clock is brake drag. Astana’s bikes for the 2018 Giro D’Italia were fairly straightforward, racing the Gallium Pro for the regular days and the E-118Next TT bike for time trial stages. Parts are a mix of FSA cranks with Power2Max power meters, Shimano Dura-Ace, Corima wheels and others. One of their more interesting team sponsors is Velosophe, the true cyclist’s beer.Look pedals are also a sponsor.Only some of their bikes had the CeramicSpeed pulley upgrade.And some of the TT bikes were running Corima’s tri-spoke front, and some their paired spoke design. What’s interesting is that Corima’s website now only lists tri-spoke and rear disc wheels in thru axle, disc brake variants, not rim brake models. At the moment, though, Argon18 does not make any disc brake TT or triathlon bikes, but their top of the line E119 tri bike does look more advanced than this E118Next TT bike, so perhaps we’re due for an update.