Pakistan sets plans for significant investment in wind and solar generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Pakistan is planning a wave of new wind and solar plants that will expand its clean energy capacity to about fifth of its total.The South Asian nation plans to increase its renewables by more than four times by adding as much as 7 gigawatts to bring its total to 8-9 gigawatts by 2025, said Nadeem Babar, head of Pakistan’s energy task force. The new energy policy that targets lifting the country’s total generation capacity by 40% to 42-43 gigawatts is expected to be approved within a month, he said.The shift to clean generation comes after Pakistan has nearly bridged a power deficit by adding 10 gigawatts of capacity in the past six years to ease long, unannounced blackouts in major cities. Most of that capacity was coal and natural gas fired plants that were financed by China as part of its Belt and Road Initiative.“The general policy is to have much higher emphasis on renewables over the next 10 years,’’ Babar said in a phone interview this month. Hydroelectric generation isn’t included in the renewable figures and is expected to account for 35% of the nation’s capacity by 2025.Pakistan plans to auction the right to build renewable capacity annually starting in December. It will also deregulate clean energy for companies that want to build a wind farm or use solar panels to supply private businesses, said Babar.Renewable generation is also expected to reduce the country’s costs to import power generation fuels such as coal and natural gas. Pakistan’s petroleum product imports, which fuel both power plants and vehicles, accounted for about $13 billion of the country’s $50 billion total imports in the eleven months ended May. “Last year, 41% of generation was on imported fuels,” said Babar. “That is just way too high.”More: Pakistan plans clean energy wave to make up 20% of its capacity
UAE’s ‘Sustainable City’ provides green oasis in the desert FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters Foundation News:DUBAI, Oct 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Fenced off by a wall of trees, about 20 km from the high rises towering over Dubai’s city centre, there lies a small solar-powered settlement aiming to become a green oasis in the desert.Renowned for its glitzy skyscrapers, air-conditioning-blasting shopping malls and indoor skiing facilities, the emirate of Dubai has long been the antithesis of sustainability to environmentalists.But the United Arab Emirates (UAE) plans to change that reputation, with a range of projects aimed at having more than 40% of the country’s energy come from renewable sources and cutting consumption by the same margin by 2050.Opened to the first residents in 2016 and to be fully completed next year, the initiative dubbed Sustainable City is a private settlement on the outskirts of Dubai designed to use as little energy and water as possible.Comprising 500 low-lying villas that are home to nearly 3,000 people, as well as commercial spaces and a mosque, the city aims to be a “net-zero” settlement, producing all the energy it needs from renewable sources on site.“The Sustainable City is a living laboratory for testing future technologies and solutions,” said Karim El-Jisr, head of SEE Institute, the research arm of the city’s developer, Diamond Developers.When the project started six years ago, building a zero-energy development “seemed a bit like a dream”, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.“Today it is not difficult anymore, tomorrow everybody will have to do it,” he added.More: ‘Living laboratory’: New Dubai city pushes for green revolution in the desert
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Romania’s Complexul Energetic Oltenia SA plans to shut all its coal-fired power plants and coal mines by 2025, Balkan Green Energy News reported Jan. 29, citing local media.The country’s second largest power producer intends to build gas-fired and renewable energy units to compensate for the lost capacity.Its 3.24-GW fleet of thermal power plants — Craiova 2, Isalnita, Rovinari and Turceni — will be replaced with 1.4 GW of gas-fired facilities, a series of 300-MW solar parks and small 12-MW hydropower plants.The move is aimed at solving the company’s financial difficulties that have been ongoing for several years, Balkan Green Energy News said, and are also part of a restructuring and decarbonization program that the Romanian government approved in a memorandum at the end of 2019.Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban warned that the EU’s goal to reduce carbon emissions by 55% as part of its Green Deal could lead to the phaseout of 40% of the country’s installed power capacity, according to Balkan Green Energy News.[Maryam Adeeb]More ($): Romanian state utility to shut all coal power plants, mines by 2025 Romanian utility to close all its coal-fired power plants, coal mines by 2025
Saturday, September 28th marks the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day. This is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort that benefits public lands. More than 1,900 sites around the country have registered to participate and celebrate this coming weekend.One such site is in the Pisgah National Forest at the Cradle of Forestry. There will be three main work projects. Volunteers can help with weeding and mulching the Cradle’s Seeding Nursery, sanding and repainting the antique road graders along the Forest Festival Trail, or transplanting native wildflowers around the Cradle of Forestry site. The day will kick off at 9:30am and go until 1:00pm. If you are interested in helping with any of these three projects, please contact Devin Gentry for more details regarding how to sign up.Visitors will be given free admission to the Forest Discovery Center and historic trails throughout the forest. There will be guided walks and instruction on gardening with biodiversity. The weather is shaping up to be a beautiful fall day, one that will be perfect for giving back to the outdoors!View Larger MapLooking for something a little more North? Check out our other Weekend Pick, Running the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler!
On Father’s Day weekend take the time to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with Friends of the Smokies and ride in the 3rd annual Gran Fondo Asheville cycling event on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Friends of the Smokies welcomes cyclist of varying levels to experience the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina by riding the 30, 60 or 100-mile scenic courses. There are timed sections along the routes for folks who would like to compete, but our motto is ‘pedal hard and party harder’ and that is exactly what we want the cyclist to do—enjoy themselves while celebrating 100 years of America’s best idea. The ride begins downtown on North Spruce Street and quickly transitions to winding roads in pastoral countryside near Marshall, North Carolina and then along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beginners and avid cyclists alike will find a course to meet their individual goals, whether that’s competing to win or taking it easy and soaking in the views. After riders have completed their chosen course they will cruise into downtown Asheville and be greeted by Friends of the Smokies volunteers, family, and friends at the Twisted Laurel restaurant. Riders will be provided with complimentary beer and food and a great place to hang out as they wait for their comrades to cross the finish line. The finish area will be full of booths ranging from massage therapists, yoga instructors, National Park Service rangers and volunteers and much more. Gran Fondo Asheville benefits Friends of the Smokies to raise money for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since its founding in 1993, Friends of the Smokies has raised more than $50 million to fund critical projects and programs in America’s most-visited national park. This event features stocked aid stations along the routes where volunteer’s hand out food and water, bike mechanic stations for riders who might be in need, and a raffle and fun prizes for overall and age group winnersThe Gran Fondo Asheville has a 500 rider limit to ensure safe riding conditions along the routes. Register today to guarantee a spot at GranFondoAVL.com. This event is made possible by Friends of the Smokies presenting sponsors Duke Energy and BorgWarner as well as Twisted Laurel, Webb Investments, Best Buy, Asheville Dental Care, ESPN Asheville and 98.1 the River, Roberts and Stevens, Beverly-Hanks, Fletcher Warehousing, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Insurance Services of Asheville, Equilibar, Publix, and Smoky Mountain Living.
1:30pm-3:00pm | Coca-Cola Zipline Toss | Village Plaza 12:00pm-3:00pm | Coca- Cola Challenge Course Open | Location TBD 10:00pm | Silent Disco | Village Plaza The mountain may be situated in the “National Radio QuietZone” but rest assured, both Clutch and CKY will have the village rocking onSaturday night. Headlining will be Clutch, the veteran Frederick Maryland hardrock band that is no stranger to echoing sonic blasts in the hills of WestVirginia. Taking the village stage before them will be the one and only CKY, arock band of MTV fame from Pennsylvania. The weekend will also featureperformances from Nappy Roots and Love Canon at the Connection Nightclub. Sunday, March 17,2019 11:00pm | Silent Disco | Shavers Centre Plaza 8:30pm | Clutch | Village Stage 7:30pm | “Luck of the Shoe” Pre St. Patty’s Day Party | Village Plaza Saturday, March 16,2019 7:00pm | CKY | Village Stage (Full scheduleavailable at www.snowshoemtn.com) 2019 Ballhooter Spring Break Festival Schedule In summary, if you’re looking for a truly Wild &Wonderful weekend this March, Snowshoe’s Ballhooter Spring Break Festival hasyou covered. Head to www.snowshoemtn.comand plan your trip to the mountain for a weekend of FREE village concerts,partying, awesome skiing, partying, crazy spring break games, and probably somemore partying. 10:30pm | Love Canon | At The Connection Nightclub (Ages 21+) If you’re more concerned about the snow conditions than theconcerts or the parties, fear not. Ask any Snowshoe local what the best monthof the season is and they’ll tell you. For at least the last several years,it’s been March by a longshot. In 2018, the mountain received 88” of snow inMarch, more than all the rest of that season combined. When folks think aboutspring skiing they usually picture t-shirts and sunglasses, mild weather andslushy snow. That hasn’t been the case in recent years. It’s been more likewhat you’d expect to see in the heart of winter, with the “Cheat MountainMagic” producing powder days galore. There’s no guarantee that this March willfollow suit, but there’s plenty of reason for optimism. Friday, March 15,2019 This season marks Snowshoe’s 6th year hosting “Ballhooter”,an annual festival featuring free concerts, spring break-themed parties andshenanigans, and the best spring skiing in the region. Past performances at thefestival have included Big Gigantic, Theory of a Deadman, and the DropkickMurphy’s. This year, the lineup of free concerts in Snowshoe’s mountaintopvillage includes hard rockers Clutch and CKY. Skiing and partying. Partying and skiing. As any retro skimovie from the 80’s will teach you, it’s a classic combination much like peanutbutter and jelly, or perhaps more fittingly, whiskey and Coke. It’s the recipefor some of the best weekends you’ll never remember. The biggest party of theseason is right around the corner at Snowshoe Mountain’s Ballhooter SpringBreak Festival, presented by Coca-Cola. 12:00pm-2:00pm | St. Patty’s Day Dodgeball Tournament, presented by Subaru | Village Plaza 11:00am | Bloody Mary Bar | Junction Stage 10:30pm | Nappy Roots | At The Connection Nightclub (21 +) 12:00pm | Bourbon Tasting | Allegheny Springs
U.S. border patrol agents seized 87 percent more cocaine and 108 percent more heroin in fiscal year 2010 that ended on October 1 compared to the year before, a report said 16 February. But marijuana seizures were down 16 percent, according to the report, commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized a total of 115 tons of cocaine over the period, compared with 61 tons in the previous year. The report attributed the increased seizures of cocaine and heroin to better detection and border patrol personnel reinforcements, as well as a “greater willingness by drug trafficking organizations to attempt to smuggle riskier and larger narcotics.” Some 20,000 U.S. border patrol agents are currently deployed on the U.S. southern border with Mexico — a record number, according to DHS. The US Coast Guard, meanwhile, seized 91.8 tons of cocaine, 1.5 percent less than in fiscal year 2009. It intercepted about 13.5 percent of sea-bound heroin trafficking — a little under its goal of 18 percent. For its part, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) saw 72 percent of its investigations result in prison time, a sentence, fine or drug confiscations. By Dialogo February 18, 2011
By Dialogo July 18, 2011 The air rally that opened the Aeronautical Pentathlon competition, at Afonsos Air Base, was won by Captain Pallacios of Ecuador, a country with little tradition in the sport. He was the last athlete to take off in the Super Tucano and did the best among the eight pilots who participated in the race. In the opening event of the Aeronautical Pentathlon, every pilot receives an aerial map indicating points on a pre-determined terrain that should be flown over in accordance with a planned timetable. Aircraft and pilots are assigned by the host country and only one athlete from each team flies up. The medal ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 21. The aeronautical pentathlon is composed of one flying competition and six athletic ones: shooting, fencing, swimming, basketball, obstacle course, and orienteering.
By Dialogo January 17, 2012 A rural school in Puerto San José, Guatemala, hosted a recognition ceremony to honor the Seabees, U.S. Marines and Guatemalan Military construction specialists on January 11. The ceremony was held in appreciation of the completion of a 12-day construction project as part of High Speed Vessel-Southern Partnership Station 2012 (HSV-SPS 12). “I would like to thank all the people involved, especially SPS-12 on behalf of the children in this community,” said Byron E. Anavisca Sandoval, community president. “We are looking forward to this year because our children will get to enjoy the rewards of education because of the work done here.” The project was led by project manager, Marine Staff Sgt. Mario Vargas, whose family emigrated from Guatemala to the U.S. The team of two Marines, 18 Seabees and 12 Guatemalan Military construction specialists demolished and replaced the school and bathroom roofs and installed more than 300 feet of fencing and security wire. “My father and family are from Guatemala and it has been an especially great experience for me,” said Vargas. “I put everything in my heart into this school so the children here are able to learn as my children are able to learn.” The team also replaced the school’s water purification system and painted the facility. The improvements will allow the school to reopen after a flood forced its closure last year. More than 70 people, including the school’s parents, teachers, and children, as well as the Seabees, Swift service members, and representatives from the Guatemalan Pacific Naval Base attended the ceremony. “When I was a student, I remember sailors coming and doing what they are doing here,” said Guatemalan Pacific Naval Base Captain Carlos Luis Sanchez. “To the children of public schools, this will give you the opportunity it gave me. Because of this, you will be able to reach your dreams.” This is the first of two construction projects in Guatemala, where the Seabees and Marines have been working closely with Guatemalan partners to renovate local schools.
The security plan also includes units especially trained to act, prevent, and react to terrorist attacks. There is also a contingent to take action with regard to chemical and bacteriological defense. In the event of a possible air attack or the entrance into the airspace of any unauthorized aircraft, the aircraft may be shot down by Super Tucano or F-5N fighter planes. In that extreme case, authorization will be given by President Dilma Rousseff. Rio+20 Security Plan The system also includes the participation of 13 ministries and 26 public entities. For this purpose, the federal, state, and municipal governments have invested 132.8 million reais (US $ 64.5 million), 90 million (US $43.7 million) of which corresponds to the Armed Forces. An example of this investment was made at Riocentro to enable the conference participants to have free internet available, with 30,000 instances of access expected a day. The Military personnel deployed belong to the Navy, the Army, and the Air Force. The Military Police will have 2,500 personnel available every day during the event and 1,000 municipal guards. The Federal Police will have 1,400 inspectors and officers available. At Riocentro, the Cybernetic Defense Center has installed infrastructure to protect the telecommunications system from possible attacks by hackers. In this area alone, 20 million reais (US $9.7 million) have been invested. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has announced the schedule for restrictions and even prohibitions on flights over some areas of the city of Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. The measure is part of the security plan established by the Ministry of Defense, developed by the Joint General Staff of the Brazilian Armed Forces (EMCFA), and executed by the Eastern Military Command, with the participation of the country’s Marine, Army, and Air Force units. By Dialogo June 15, 2012 Starting June 20, when the high-level segment of the conference takes place, and for which the presence of various heads of state and government from United Nations member countries is expected, the airspace rules will be stricter. F-5EM and A-29 Super Tucano fighter planes, in addition to H-60 Blackhawk and AH-2 Sabre helicopters, will remain on standby to defend the airspace. These aircraft are ready to intercept and even to force the landing of any flight that fails to comply with the instructions of air-traffic controllers. At the same time, Military personnel are patrolling the Rio state capital’s coastline, by sea and by land, with the support of the Military and Civil Police, as well as the areas near the hotels in Zona Sul and Aterro do Flamengo. The Military will remain deployed in the Rio metropolitan region until June 29. The Navy will contribute to Rio+20 security through the 1st Naval District. It will deploy 3,200 Military personnel, 26 small vessels (patrol ships, tugboats, and speedboats), and two medium-sized ships (one frigate and one corvette) in charge of maritime control, as well as six aircraft.