Creative Camera Scholarships 2021

first_imgCreative Camera Scholarships 2021 University of Winnipeg President’s Scholarships for World Leaders 2021/2022 Reddit Share 0 The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2021 Deadline: 28 February 2021Open to: individuals aged between 18–25, fluent in English and have a keen passion for the art of photographyBenefits: partially-fundedDescriptionApplications are open for the Creative Camera Scholarships 2021. Creative Camera is offering two photography scholarships for 2021.The first of the photography scholarships is an interactive online course set over 6 months which includes sessions on historical and contemporary photography, practical exercises to develop your creativity, project development and much more. It has 30 hours contact time with image reviews and mentoring, online discussions and content delivery. The course will run from May 1st, 2021 with online session times to be agreed. The course focus is to lead to you towards creating a series of photographs that you can showcase in the next step; building and maintaining a serious interest in photography. You can read more about the course programme here: Online Photography Course.This is a week’s location photography in the internationally renowned resort of Essaouira, Morocco, where you will receive 1:1 mentoring. Morocco regularly attracts artists, film makers, musicians and writers. Jimmy Hendrix and Orson Welles are the two most famous visitors. More recently it’s been a location for Game of Thrones. The town offers much for the photographer and is a constant source of inspiration for the many workshop attendees that arrive here.During your time in Essaouira, you will explore creative ways of bringing the location to life through your own way of seeing. You will be mentored across the week with trips to locations both within the town and outside in the countryside, at markets and on the coast. The focus is on finding a personal angle through your photography rather than recording a trip, culminating with a coherent series of images to provide you with a platform to gaining a foothold in the photographic art/documentary/journalism community.Scholarship one, the online photography course is available for anyone who for whatever reason has not been able to attend an undergraduate formal course of study. The online course scholarship is a comprehensive study which covers some of the content present on a university programmeThe second scholarship is available to photography graduates who have completed their studies in 2020. It’s open to both degree and foundation course degree graduates.You will need to provide evidence in both cases if you are shortlisted for the scholarship. This may include a certificate of course completion or letter from a tutor, or a personal statement explaining why you have been unable to join a formal course of study.It goes with our saying that any professional photographers are unable to benefit from the offers.EligibilityScholarship one, the online photography course is available for anyone who for whatever reason has not been able to attend an undergraduate formal course of study. The online course scholarship is a comprehensive study which covers some of the content present on a university programmeThe second scholarship is available to photography graduates who have completed their studies in 2020. It’s open to both degree and foundation course degree graduates.You will need to provide evidence in both cases if you are shortlisted for the scholarship. This may include a certificate of course completion or letter from a tutor, or a personal statement explaining why you have been unable to join a formal course of study.It goes with our saying that any professional photographers are unable to benefit from the offers.BenefitsWhat you’ll receive for this scholarship:Free accommodation, meals and airport transfers.Daily mentoring.A final online portfolio for the images you produce during the week.Please note flights and travel insurance are not included.How to apply? For more information and to apply, please visit the official website. LinkedIn 0 Similar Stories Tweet +1 November 23, 2020 Published by sihana Pocket Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2021/2022 ← IMMANA Fellowships for Emerging Leaders in Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health Research GREATER GOOD GRANTS →last_img read more

Egypt agrees to international arbitration for PV projects but slashes FITs

first_imgEgypt agrees to international arbitration for PV projects but slashes FITsEgypt’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy announced an updated phase for its feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme, putting an end to the dispute over the location of the arbitration seat, but also dramatically reducing the FIT rate for PV projects to $8.4 cents and 7.8 cents/kWh, putting into question the viability of the previously proposed projects. September 7, 2016 Sam Pothecary Installations Markets Markets & Policy Share Suspicions had been mounting over why the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) was refusing to accept international arbitration for the PV projects that had been agreed in Phase 1 of the country’s new FIT program. With the announcement of a new revised phase for the program, which slashes FIT rates, projects awarded under the first tender are unlikely to come to fruition, as developers will likely need to reenter through this second phase.A new renewable eraEgypt originally announced the scheme in 2014, with a goal of attracting international investment and foreign financing for solar and wind projects within the country. It set an initial target of 4.3 GW of renewable energy projects to help the country on its way to meet its aim of having renewables make up 20% of its energy mix by 2020 (this has since become 2022).To attract investors and solar developers, it was offering generous FIT rates of $13.6 cents/kWh for PV plants between 500 KW and 20 MW, and $14.3 cents/kWh for PV plants of 20 MW to 50 MW. Queries over such a relatively high rate were raised in the following months, as other emerging markets such as Dubai and Jordan offered rates that were significantly lower.Seat of arbitration disputeOnce developers had been decided for the 2 GW of PV projects on offer, draft Project Agreements began to be passed back and forth between solar developers and the EETC. However, a point of contention kept springing up: that the EETC was reluctant to accept an arbitration venue in a neutral location, choosing Egypt’s capital Cairo instead of an international location.As a result the final Project Agreements have not been signed by the developers, as international lenders considered this non-bankable. These projects have until October 2016 to reach financial close, however, it is looking unlikely with the EETC’s refusal for international arbitration.“In principle the phase 1 projects (those shortlisted in the tender) should have been implemented with the old tariffs (according to what was established when the FiTs scheme was launched back in 2014), but things changed throughout the process,” IHS Energy senior research analyst Silvia Macri explained to pv magazine. “The work on the PPAs templates lasted longer than expected, and issues continued to arise will disagreement between the government and project companies. Now we have to see whether any of those projects claiming to be able to reach financial close by October 2016 can actually make it.”Phase 2 of the FIT programWith Egypt’s FIT scheme and the PV projects in doubt, the country’s Electricity and Renewable Energy Minister Mohammed Shaker has now announced a second phase of the scheme, which, among a number of revisions, clear up the arbitration dispute. “We’ve agreed that the seat of arbitration be offshore, outside Egyptian borders,” announced Shaker.Only pre-qualified PV developers during phase 1 will be eligible to participate in phase 2, which continues to aim for the initial target of 2 GW of solar PV, however, they will be faced with much reduced FIT rates. For projects between 500 KW and 20 MW in size the rate has been reduced from $13.6 cents/kWh to $7.8 cents/kWh, and for projects between 20 MW and 50 MW in size the rate has been reduced from $14.34 cents/kWh to $8.4 cents/kWh. Needless to say, this is likely to bring into question the viability of the large-scale PV projects in the country, although solar companies have already invested in the development of the projects and the permitting process.“We did expect a tariff reduction in this second phase,” continued Macri. “Tariffs are more in line to what we’ve seen in other regional markets (Jordan for example, or Dubai, although bid prices in these countries’ tenders were much lower) but it’s still too early to say whether projects are viable. We’re missing details on the currency, rules around source of financing, etc., country risk remains high and confidence that the country will abide by the new rules may have been shaken.”This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. 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Kenya Power warns public against fraudulent activity

first_img Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS Previous articleMugabe passes the baton after 37 yearsNext articleGhana: Minister Agyarko outlines energy roadmap 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. Kenya Power has issued a notice warning the public about a post circulating online, falsely stating that the Company is carrying out a mass recruitment exercise. “This advertisement, which is seeking to obtain money and personal details of the recipients, is a scam,” the state-owned utility said in a statement.Kenya Power: job advertisementsKenya Power wishes to warn the public about this fraudulent activity, which is being perpetrated in the name of the ongoing Last Mile Connectivity Project, alleging the Company requires more staff to implement the countrywide network expansion project.BEWARE OF FAKE ONLINE JOB OFFERSBeware of ‘Jobs Available Today’ Facebook page operated by fraudsters promising jobs @Kenya Power ^KS— Kenya Power Limited (@KenyaPower) November 22, 2017Kenya Power external job advertisements are communicated to the public through newspapers and posted on the Company website.The utility stressed that the advertisements are clearly branded with the Company logo.“We advise members of the public to cautiously verify such job offers and avoid falling victims to fraudsters,” the parastatal said.Combating crimeIn earlier news, the utility reported a 40% reduction in criminal activity against its assets due to increased crime prevention operations.“Because of increased surveillance on the network, the Company recorded a 40% reduction in the number of vandalised transformers in the year ended 30th June, 2017 from 222 in the previous year to 133,” the utility said in a statement.Kenya Power’s security services manager Maj. Geoffrey Kigen, said: “We will not relent on the war against these vices.” Read more… Generation Finance and Policycenter_img AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Featured image: Kenya Power RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Vermont Summer Festival Named Top Ten Summer Event

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. East Dorset, Vermont – The Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named the Vermont Summer Festival horse show one of the ‘Top Ten Summer Events’ in the state of Vermont.The Vermont Summer Festival, which this year runs for six consecutive weeks from July 7 through August 15, 2010, is the richest sporting event based on purse held in the state of Vermont, offering more than $750,000 in prize money. New England’s largest “AA” rated hunter/jumper horse show, the annual competition attracts the best athletes, including Olympic medalists, from across the country and around the globe to vie for top honors.The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is the largest state-wide private, not-for-profit business organization representing nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Numerous factors are considered by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in naming the Top Ten Summer Events. Events must appeal to out-of-state visitors as well as to Vermonters; appeal to a diverse audience, including children and families; and due to the additional attention a Top Ten Award garners, the event must be able to accommodate an influx of visitors up to twice the normal count.“We hope that this recognition as a ‘Top Ten Summer Event’ will result in visitors to the state, as well as those who live here, discovering our colorful and exciting sporting event,” said Ruth Lacey, Vermont Summer Festival Marketing Director. “Show jumping is incredibly spectator friendly as the scoring is easy to understand, and everyone can appreciate the athleticism of both the horses and the riders.”Each summer, thousands of equestrian athletes and enthusiasts flock to the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, just north of the bustling village of Manchester. Known for its wide variety of area amenities including a large range of lodging options, restaurants to suit every taste, and lots of shopping, Manchester warmly welcomes horse show competitors to the area each summer, making the Vermont Summer Festival a popular destination with its clientele.The first five Sundays of the Vermont Summer Festival feature a $30,000 Grand Prix, culminating with the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix on Sunday, August 15. Weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake classes, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, and weekly $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Classics are also hotly contested. New for 2010, the Vermont Summer Festival will host a World Championship Hunter Rider qualifying event during week three.Rewarding those exhibitors who consistently enjoy success while making Manchester their ‘home away from home’, the Vermont Summer Festival will once again offer the $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Award, sponsored by Sir Ruly, Inc. In recognition of the large number of Canadian competitors that visit Vermont each year, there is the $10,000 Canadian Circuit Championship, presented by Ariat, Int’l. Both awards are based on points earned throughout the six-week Vermont Summer Festival. Additional sponsors such as Purina Feeds, Johnson Horse Transportation, Devoucoux, The Equinox, Essex Classic Shirts and Hand Motors help make the Vermont Summer Festival a worthwhile experience.The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL). For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival and to download a copy of the 2010 prize list, please e-mail: [email protected] or visit www.vt-summerfestival.com. SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews Email*last_img read more

Filip Lazarov to Politehnica Timisoara

first_imgLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. RK Vardar “like a champions” in win over SG Flensburg! ShareTweetShareShareEmail VIDEO: Meshkov Brest – RK Vardar from different angle ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsMacedonian left back Filip Lazarov will join the third team of Romanian Championship in the last season – Politehnica Timisoara. The 34-years old shooter was a RK Vardar Skopje captain for a long period. He spent his whole career in domestic teams including also RK Metalurg Skopje.With ambitious team from Romania contracts signed also a few Balkan guys, Serbian left wing Filip Marjanovic, Montenegrian right back Marko Simovic, Vuk Milosevic, but also Bosnian goalie Adam Savic and domestic Alexandru Guranescu. Related Items:filip lazarov, RK Vardar Skopje Click to comment Recommended for you EHF CL: New wins for Barca and Vardarlast_img read more

Consultants miss East Europe yardsticks by a mile

first_imgThe biggest omission was mentality, which sounds woolly but matters hugely in business. Take hierarchy, for example. Most international companies are not very hierarchical these days, particularly if they are from the English-speaking world. Most post-Communist countries, by contrast, are still tinged with the compounded effects of totalitarianism and foreign domination: if I’m the boss, you’re an idiot, and vice versa. That clogs information flows and initiative. I’ve recently heard employers complaining about this a lot in Romania; it doesn’t seem to be much of a problem in Poland.Then there’s rigidity: many people still have half a brain in the era of the five-year plan. But to compete with China and India, Eastern Europe must combine flexibility with its proximity to rich countries. Here Romania seems to score quite highly; by contrast I’ve rarely heard the Czechs or Lithuanians praised for flexibility. The second big question is how countries are run: chiefly transparency, predictability and contestability. Businessmen (like everyone else) want to know who is really making decisions; they want those decisions to be based on comprehensible and stable principles, rather than whim and personal preference; and they want clear avenues of protest if things go wrong.Businessmen hate going to politicians or the press with their complaints, and they like litigation even less. But it’s vital to know that, when needed, these systems are fair. In countries where you buy press coverage and where politicians (and even judges) require compensation for their time and attention, those avenues are closed. Nowhere is perfect (not least rich countries: look at Italy), but Poland is trying hard to reform its justice system, and has an excellent media. Estonia scores pretty well on all counts, while Romania and Croatia still have a lot to prove. In the longer run, the most important thing is education. The post-Communist countries that turn themselves into brain-powered economies will have a much brighter future than those that rely solely on being close and cheap. That means ditching most of the Communist-era ideas about education (memorising huge amounts of stuff and regurgitating it, with or without cheating, to pass the exam). And it means teaching people to think. No post-Communist country has done this very well – most are sticking to the state-run education systems rather than a competitive mixed economy. And few have even begun to grasp the opportunities created by the globalisation of the higher education industry, though in theory they would be splendidly competitive: they are cheap, beautiful places for talented people to study and teach. The trend analysis was quite good: manufacturing was the first phase, then came call centres, and the future is ‘business process outsourcing’, meaning payroll, accounting and other backroom jobs. Then it got rather wobbly: there was a wildly inaccurate comparison of wage levels (ignoring the social charges that can almost double an employer’s payroll costs) and a quite preposterous table of political risk, showing that Russia is no more risky than Poland. But what really struck me was what the country-by-country analysis ignored. Bad government and addled brains don’t doom a determined business. But they do add to its costs. So though it’s harder to score countries on mentality, public administration and educational dynamism than it is on telephone penetration and language skills, if my money was at stake, it’s those things that I’d want my expensive consultant to compare.Edward Lucas is Central and Eastern Europe correspondent for The Economist.last_img read more

Queen Fan Recreates Freddie Mercury Live Aid Performance From His Rooftop [Watch]

first_imgFor reference, here’s a clip of Mercury’s original performance.Queen – “Ay-Oh” – 7/13/85[Video: Queen Forever] Last month, Live For Live Music shared its 11 music-related activities to help folks maintain their sanity during nationwide lockdowns and state-sanctioned quarantines. The list included pointers of maintaining a stable emotional balance like learning a new instrument, jamming along with roommates, watching music documentaries, and more. One man in Britain came up with his own music-related activity to pass the time stuck at home: recreating some of Freddie Mercury‘s iconic performance antics.Related: 25 Concert Films & Music Documentaries To Stream While You’re Self-QuarantiningA video uploaded to YouTube over the weekend by user felicity griffiths depicting a man recreating the legendary “Ay-Oh” moment from Queen‘s Live Aid performance on July 13th, 1985 in the U.K.’s Wembley Stadium has since reached viral status. The hair-raising moment as part of the famous 1985 benefit show came just after “Radio Ga Ga” and before “Hammer To Fall”, when Mercury decided to play around with his favorite instrument: the audience. All 72,000 fans in the stadium mimicked each of Mercury’s vocal movements, creating a wave of sound unlike any other.Related: “Bohemian Rhapsody” Coronavirus Parody Faces Criticism, Remains Awesome [Listen]Standing on the roof of his home, this unnamed man recreated the historic rock display using nothing but a broomstick and massive amounts of bottled-up energy. Throughout the video, a dog is heard barking along, which seems only to encourage the performer. Following the YouTube upload, more footage appeared on Twitter. Watch the videos below:Freddie Mercury Live Aid Recreation[Video: felicity griffiths]last_img read more

11 Hurt In Missouri School Bus Accident

first_imgARNOLD, Mo. – The top administrator of a suburban St. Louis school district says 11 students were injured when their school bus was hit from behind by a pickup truck.Fox School District Superintendent Dianne Brown says the Clyde Hamrick Elementary School students sustained minor injuries and were taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons. Both drivers also were injured in the accident Monday.Jefferson County authorities say the bus was stopped to allow a student to board when the pickup truck hit the back of the bus.KSDK reports 18 students were on the bus at the time.There’s no immediate word on whether the pickup truck’s driver was ticketed.___Information from: KSDK-TV, http://www.ksdk.comlast_img read more

191 Countries Work Together to Heal the Ozone Layer

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore”The Earth’s ozone layer is on track to heal, thanks to the work of 191 countries that signed the landmark Montreal Protocol agreement 20 years ago yesterday — a shining example of how human ingenuity, leadership and determination can create a healthier, better world.” (SustainableBusiness)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Law School Grads Mentor Juveniles Before they Become Adult Criminals

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo young women, American University Law School graduates, launched a Washington, DC program where volunteers are mentoring juveniles, trying to keep them from returning to jail in the future.The two women had bonded over an unconventional vision: to help young men in jail leave Washington’s juvenile justice system and find their way to productive, fulfilling lives.Five years later, Mentoring Today now has a solid track record, inspiring mentors to donate more than 1,800 volunteer hours, which have helped more than 30 young men to remake their lives. Last year, the nonprofit raised more than $350,000 from donors and grantmakers to fund its services.(READ the story at CS Monitor)Brandon graduated HS after his mentoring and enrolled in college AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more