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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Bangladeshi power minister Nasrul Hamid has said the government has invited China to accelerate the renewable energy ambitions of the South Asian nation because private sector investors were not driving forward solar deployment fast enough.Welcoming the decision to form a joint venture (JV) between state-owned entities from each nation which will drive 450 MW of new solar capacity and a 50 MW wind farm, Hamid said lack of local investment meant solar power projects still cost $0.10-0.13/kWh in Bangladesh despite marked falls elsewhere in the world.Bangladesh’s highest decision-making body, the cabinet committee, on Monday approved a joint venture which will see the host nation’s North-West Power Generation Company Limited supply land for clean energy generation. Chinese engineering contractor the National Machinery Import and Export Corporation will invest an estimated $500 million in developing the planned solar and wind facilities, via the new Bangladesh-China Power Company (Pvt) Ltd Renewables entity.It is not clear whether the JV will be established as part of China’s continent-spanning Belt and Road Initiative infrastructure program of which Bangladesh is a member, but Hamid confirmed Dhaka wants at least 3 GW of solar capacity installed in the years ahead.Under the terms of the JV arrangement – which was held up, in part, by the Covid-19 crisis in Bangladesh – a 60 MW solar plant, for which a feasibility study has been prepared, will be set up on 205 acres of government-owned, non-cultivated ‘khas’ land, with the facility set to go online by next June. A feasibility study has also been prepared for a 100 MW solar project planned in the Sirajganj district. That facility is expected to begin generating by June 2022 and arrangements to lease the required land are under way.The 50 MW wind farm has been planned near the southern port of Payra and wind mapping of the site is almost complete, with the facility expected to be operational by December 2022.[Syful Islam]More: Bangladesh looks to Beijing to speed its solar ambition Bangladesh turns to China for help with its solar development planslast_img read more

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first_imgWhen you think of the sounds of the Blue Ridge, what comes to mind?There’s the whispers of the wind in the trees, the roars of rushing waters, the crunching of leaves under your hiking boots, but nothing quite compares to the sounds of wildlife within the woods. Time spent outdoors is time spent in a concert of the tunes created by many different types of birds. From the beautiful melodies of the birds at grandma’s house to the annoying ones that haunt you on your lunch breaks, do you ever wonder what unique bird is serenading you? Now you don’t have to wonder as, like most things, there’s an app for that!Courtesy of Wildlife AcousticsNew to Apple’s App Store, Song Sleuth is the convergence of science and art that can be used by anyone from beginner to veteran bird watchers and has created a buzz amongst outdoor resources such as Sierra Magazine and Tree Hugger.In a similar fashion of the apps that can listen and tell you what song is playing on the radio, Song Sleuth is capable of listening to a birdsong and reporting back to you the type of bird you are likely hearing. Created by Wildlife Acoustics, Song Sleuth is not the only birdsong recognition app to hit the market, but it is the first to have an extensive library of nearly 200 popular North American species of birds.The company joined forces with world-renowned ornithologist David Sibley to develop the app. Sibley is the author of one of North America’s top comprehensive guides in the field of birdwatching. Amongst the features of Song Sleuth are original illustrations by Sibley, seasonal range maps, and specific information on each bird species. Creating a full learning experience for the ears and the eyes, Song Sleuth even provides its users with spectrograms, which are color coded levels of sound that helps to differentiate similar sounding birdsongs. For particular birds found in specific places, the app gives you the capability to keep track of what birds you found where on a map.Working the app is simple. In a process that takes just seconds, the user can record the chirps, the app will then suggest the top three birds that are likely to have produced the tune and it has reference clips you can play to compare what the type of bird sounds like with what you are hearing live.Song Sleuth is a unique example of how you can connect to the outdoors without having years of experience in a niche field like birdwatching. With a 21st century take on birdwatching, Wildlife Acoustics is currently offering the app for apple products with an expected release for an android compatible version this fall. The technology to make this app possible took 12 years to perfect, and can be at your fingertips for the current app charge of $9.99. To read more on how the app performs in the field, check out the feedback from The National Audubon Society, a society dedicated to the protection of birds, who put it to the test.last_img read more

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first_imgScott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfield One of my Facebook friends is a passionate storm chaser. This time of year, Ed Turk, president of Heritage Community Credit Union, is out chasing storms. I enjoy following the pictures of funnel clouds and colorful radar maps, and of course vicariously experiencing the thrill of the chase. There is just something about it – managing the risk for the ultimate reward of seeing nature at its most dynamic and powerful.Traveling as I do, I spend my fair share of time thinking about things. On my mind during my most recent trip were the dark storm clouds gathering in North Carolina and my pending topic at the small credit union round table: how to grow loans when you are a small fish in a big pond. The combination got me thinking about a “perfect storm” I believe is brewing and worth chasing for small to mid-sized credit unions.The perfect loan storm I believe a number of things have recently come together to create a perfect opportunity for credit unions to lend and grow. It’s direct and in keeping with our credit union roots. The following facts are in play, and were key in the development of this near-perfect situation.Fact 1: A majority (56 percent) of consumers have sub-prime credit.  Depending on where you live, you may have an average in the higher sixties. For the most part, these consumers are shut out of the non-predatory mainstream credit market.Fact 2: Regardless of bad credit, consumers still need reliable transportation to get to work. For the nearly two-thirds of credit impaired consumers, this means financing a used car at a predatory “buy here, pay here” used auto lot at rates between 25 and 40 percent. Many of the people in this category have good job time, non-documented credit (i.e. rent, utilities, etc.), the capacity to pay, and a little bit of savings – after all, the predatory auto lender is probably going to require a down payment of some kind.Fact 3: Younger consumers (coveted millennials) need a financial institution to give them a first chance. Many are looking for someone to agree to grant their first loan. Millennials are credit- and income-challenged. Unfortunately, some made the mistake of applying for a bank credit card to get the free-beach-towel-with-the-almamater-screen-printed-on-it and it didn’t turn out well. They lack adults in their life who will (or can) co-sign for their first loan. Credit unions who truly want to serve Millennials will find a way to grant them a loan.Fact 4: Alternative Financial Services are the dominant lenders serving these groups. It’s big business: in excess of $100 billion annually. “Buy here, pay here” used auto loans are the largest group within the alternative market category. For the most part, these lenders are left unchecked (regulatory and competitively), and that makes for a booming used auto market.Fact 5: There are scores of credit unions – small, medium, and large – that are demonstrating how successful serving these underserved markets can be. They are typically growing loans (directly) at a double-digit pace, with higher average loan yields of 8 to 10 percent and loan loss ratios near or below their peer groups. They have learned (or been reminded) that most consumers will not bite the hand that feeds them. Sure, they have extra ways to mitigate the risk, but they will tell you they gain palpable loyalty.Fact 6: We have been here, done this before. Credit unions were founded on the principle of providing affordable access to credit for tens of millions of consumers who were ignored by the banks and considered too risky. Credit unions found ways to grant loans to those considered unbankable, and not only survived but thrived in these markets.Fact 7: While loan growth has been strong overall, there are far too many credit unions that have flat or negative loan growth. Smaller credit unions are trying to compete in the low-rate, indirect wars, lacking the scale to truly compete and win in that market. Ultimately, I believe most credit unions go away because of their inability to grow profitable loans. The largest credit unions are responsible for the majority of all credit union loan growth. Smaller credit unions must find (and defend) a loan niche where they can compete and win.Let’s do some “disrupting” ourselvesThe opportunity is ripe for credit unions to disrupt the alternative financial services market, compete, and win in a market that is (currently) overlooked by mainstream financial institutions.These facts are coming together at a time when many are again questioning credit union tax exempt status, and credit union relevance in the overcrowded market focused on serving the overserved.Millions of hardworking (and younger) Americans need credit unions today more than ever. They need affordable access to credit, and a path to asset-building, a better credit score, and responsible financial behavior. I believe this is a perfect opportunity for credit unions to return to their roots and find profitable ways to serve this group.Just like my storm-chasing friend Ed, we need to prepare for and mitigate the risk. But where there is risk, we’re likely to find abundant reward. And, in this case, the reward can be substantial:Higher consumer impact that is materialLoyalty that is worth more than 25 Basis pointsReferrals from friends, family, and coworkersHigher average loan yield to drive strong earnings and fuel growthLoan growth from a market where you can compete and winAnd who knows, you may make that one change that will ensure your brand will be around for another 50 or 75 years. Now that is worth chasing!last_img read more

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Easter may be early this year, but Long Island is still hopping with egg hunts, crafts, parties, parades, and Easter Bunny breakfasts. Here is a listing of local events for the occasion. Happy Easter!!!Breakfast With the Easter Bunny at Vanderbilt Reichert PlanetariumFeaturing a hot breakfast, an Easter Egg Hunt, and a special planetarium showing of “One World, One Sky” all in the company of the Easter Bunny himself. 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY 11721. Adults $30, Kids $18. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. March 26. Spring Egg HuntCome with baskets in hand for an Easter egg hunt that includes both treats for kids, and a chance to give the fish treats. All ages welcome! Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. Free with paid admission. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. March 26. Caumsett Foundation Annual Egg HuntEaster egg hunt at the beautiful Caumsett Park, open to all ages. Come have a walk, see the horses, and hunt for eggs. 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Lloyd Harbor. Free. 11 a.m. March 26.Spring EggstravaganzaCome for an egg hunt in the park, followed by games. Fraser Park, Fraser Avenue, Merrick. Suggested donation of $1/child. 11 a.m. March 26. EggstravaganzaCombine an exploration of the beauty of nature with Easter fun at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Drawing inspiration from the refuge’s egg and nest collection, kids will create their own nest full of eggs (be sure to bring an old shirt or smock). An egg painting workshop will follow. Recommended for ages 5-12. Reservations required. Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue $5 per child. 11-11:45am, 2-2:45pm. March 26.Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Egg HuntKids can bounce, play, and search for Easter eggs hidden in the arenas and inside gigantic inflatables. Bouncy castles and chocolate, what’s not to like? Add breakfast to the mix for an additional $3.95 add-on per person. Pump It Up Great Neck, 225 Community Dr., Great Neck. $19.95/child. 9-11 a.m. March 26-27. Penguin Easter BrunchCome celebrate Easter in style, featuring a delicious breakfast buffet at the waterfront Sea Star ballroom, a craft station, and lots of time at the Aquarium. You can explore on your own until the Penguin Egg Hunt takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The brunch includes all day aquarium admission. Reservations required. Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, 431 East Main St., Riverhead. longislandaquarium.com Adults $39.95, Children 3-12: $21.95, kids under 2 free. Seatings at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. March 27. Port Jefferson Easter Parade and Egg HuntCome see and walk in an Easter parade (wear your Easter best!), starting In front of Theatre Three on Main Street and finishing at the Port Jefferson Village Center down at the Harbor. Then, go to an Easter Egg Hunt on the Great Lawn at Harborfront Park. Port Jefferson. Free. ages 2-8. 12 p.m. March 27. Benner’s Farm Egg Hunt and Petting ZooWith three egg hunts offered for separate age groups, kids can come (bring your own basket) hunt for eggs and enjoy a petting zoo. 56 Gnarled Hollow Road, East Setauket. $6/children, $8/adult. 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. March 26-27. Easter Brunch Buffet and Egg HuntWith treats for both parents (first mimosa or bloody mary is free) and kids, festivities begin with an Easter egg hunt, followed by a petting zoo, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and brunch (which includes a cold table, waffle station, omelet station, breakfast buffet, Italian station, salad bar, carving station, Coney Island Kids station and dessert station). Woodbury Country Club,884 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury. Adults $55 +tax, Children 5-10 $25 +tax, Children under age 4 are free. Reservations required. 12 p.m. March 27. Easter Sunday Brunch Cruise and Egg HuntAll aboard the Sapphire Princess Cruise Easter Brunch, which includes a 30 minute egg hunt prior, and then a 2.5 hour Bay cruise with brunch (including a buffet and open bar), entertainment, and the possibility of harbor seal sightings. Captain Lou Fleet & Sapphire Cruises. 11 Richmond Street, Freeport, NY 11520. Adults $65, seniors $55, kids 14 and under $35, kids under 3 free. 12, 3:30 p.m. March 27. Egg-Cellent CelebrationCelebrate Easter and the coming of spring by seeing egg-laying sea creatures, going on an egg hunt in the museum, and decorating a Faberge style egg. The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor. Adults $5/ Children $6, additional $3 per craft. 1 p.m. April 3.last_img read more

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first_imgThe zoo also says they will be having Black Friday through Cyber Monday deals available online or at their admissions and gift shop. The park says they have a new arrival of a golden headed lion tamarin monkey that will be on exhibit this weekend with his companion. The zoo says admission will be open Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 and 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The last day of the season at the Ross Park Zoo will be on Sunday. center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Ross Park Zoo invites you to come and visit before they close for the winter. For more information visit the Ross Park Zoo’s website by clicking here, or call (607) 724-5461.last_img

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first_img Umbilical cord serum was available for testing from 55 infants, all but one of whom tested negative for anti-WNV IgM. The baby that tested positive at birth grew normally and tested negative at the age of 1 month and again at 8 months, suggesting that the original test was a false-positive. The authors say the sensitivity of tests for anti-WNV IgM in cord blood is unknown. Therefore, they write, “We cannot rule out the possibility that occult congenital WNV infection might have contributed to abnormalities that are temporally plausible with the timing of maternal WNV infection.” After the first US case of congenital WNV infection was reported in 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worked with state health departments to set up a surveillance registry for women who contracted WNV during pregnancy. The Pediatrics report was prepared by a team from the CDC and six state health departments, with the CDC’s Edward B. Hayes, MD, as senior author. The mother of the baby with Down syndrome—which occurs at conception—contracted WNV in her second trimester, the report says. The other three abnormalities are believed to originate in the first trimester, but the women didn’t contract WNV until the third trimester. Of the 77 women, 71 gave birth to a total of 72 babies; four women had miscarriages and two had abortions. Sixty-seven babies were born at term, while four were premature and the gestational age was unknown for one. “Thus, of the 7 infants with major malformations, only 3 had defects that could have been caused by maternal WNV infection based on the timing of the infections and the sensitive developmental period for the specific malformations, and none had any conclusive evidence of WNV etiology,” the article states. Seven of 72 children of mothers who had West Nile infection during pregnancy were born with major abnormalities, but the timing of the illnesses indicates that only three of the babies’ defects could have been caused by WNV, according to the report in Pediatrics. There was no clear evidence of WNV infection at birth in any of the three. Mar 9, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Pregnant women who come down with West Nile virus (WNV) infection probably run a fairly small risk of major birth defects in their babies, according to the first analysis of data collected in 16 states. But the authors concluded that only three of those abnormalities could have been related to the mother’s WNV infection, given the timing of the illnesses. These were the polydactyly case (infection in the first trimester) and microcephaly cases (infection in the the second trimester). For the registry, healthcare providers reported WNV cases in pregnant women to health departments, which reported laboratory-confirmed cases to the CDC. The CDC then asked the healthcare providers to ask patients to participate voluntarily in the registry. The rate of miscarriages, preterm delivery, and low-birth-weight babies was no higher in this group than in the general population, the report says. But 7 of the 72 babies had major abnormalities, which is above the general population rate (10.6% versus 5.5%). The defects included one case of polydactyly (an extra toe), two babies with an abnormally small head (microcephaly), one Down syndrome case, one aortic coarctation, one cleft palate, and one case of lissencephaly (lack of normal convolutions of the cerebral cortex). Three babies among the 72 might have been infected during gestation even though their blood tests were negative at birth, the report says. One of these had WNV meningitis at the age of 10 days, but recovered and grew normally. The baby with aortic coarctation had a positive blood test at the age of 1 month but was normal at 14 months. The infant with lissencephaly had WNV encephalitis at 17 days and died at 7 weeks. In 2003 and 2004, 77 women from 16 states had WNV illness and agreed to participate, according to the report. Of those, 52 had West Nile fever, while 18 had neuroinvasive disease, 6 had unspecified illness, and 1 had asymptomatic viremia. Roughly equal proportions of the women were believed to have contracted WNV in the first, second, and third trimesters of pregnancy. The report also says that eight babies had abnormal growth, though most of them eventually achieved age-appropriate growth. It is unclear whether congenital WNV could account for some of the growth abnormalities. Prospective studies are needed to clarify the issues, the authors conclude. O’Leary DR, Kuhn S, Kniss KL, et al. Birth outcomes following West Nile virus infection of pregnant women in the United States, 2003-2004. Pediatrics 2006;117(3):537-45 [Abstract]last_img read more

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first_imgFrom 2019, direct flights to the USA will start from Dubrovnik, reports from Dubrovnik Airport.Thus, after a long 28 years, the Republic of Croatia will again be directly connected to the United States through Dubrovnik Airport, thanks to the long-lasting negotiations between Dubrovnik Airport and American Airlines. Dubrovnik and the USA will be connected from June 7, 2019 to September 27, 2019, three times a week with the American city of Philadelphia, and the world’s largest airline “American Airlines” will operate.A Boeing 767-300 aircraft with a capacity of 28 highly luxurious seats in business class and 181 seats in economy class will fly to Dubrovnik, and Wi-Fi service will be available to passengers throughout the flight. “Given the growing number of tourist arrivals from the United States to the Dubrovnik area, we consider this a huge step forward for Dubrovnik and the entire Republic of Croatia.”Point out from Dubrovnik Airport.BY THE WAY, IN 1783, THE REPUBLIC OF DUBROVNIK WAS THE FIRST STATE IN THE WORLD TO RECOGNIZE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.American Airlines is a member of the global aviation association Oneworld and currently owns 955 aircraft and employs 122.000 people. It operates 6.700 flights a day to 350 destinations. Philadelphia, located in the state of Pennsylvania, is the largest hub of American Airlines on the East Coast and the most important transfer airport for the entire United States. On behalf of American Airlines, the vice president of the flight planning company, Mr. Vasu Raja stated the following: “Philadelphia is the largest hub of American Airlines in the northeastern United States and offers connections to the rest of the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. The most important destinations are Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto, New Orleans and the Bahamas.”By the way, in the first seven months in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 93.912 arrivals and 262.264 overnight stays of tourists from the USA, while in the city of Dubrovnik the number of tourist arrivals from the USA in the first seven months was 77 (047% more than last year). ), and 24 overnight stays were realized, which is 215% more than in the first seven months of 457.RELATED NEWS: PROMOTION OF CROATIA AT VIRTUOSO TRAVEL WEEKlast_img read more

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first_imgDutch asset manager and pensions provider Blue Sky Group (BSG) is to decrease the number of investment funds it offers and the number of external managers it uses, in order to reduce complexity and costs.In its annual report for 2018, the provider also said that it would focus on growing its client base for pensions administration, to improve its service provision.In February, the provider announced that it had taken on pensions administration for Loodsen, the €959m occupational pension fund for marine pilots.BSG, which is the provider for Dutch airline KLM’s three pension schemes, said it wanted to merge together funds in which several of its pension clients participated. Blue Sky Group runs assets for KLM’s pension funds for pilots, cabin crew and ground staffIt predicted that new individual products would lead to merging and standardising of administration and asset management. “As a result, providers can only distinguish themselves through personal advice, communication and costs,” the company said.BSG recorded a pre-tax profit of €1.6m for 2018, a significant increase relative to the €400,000 profit for the previous year, which it attributed to a new method of charging costs to its KLM fund clients.The company’s turnover rose from €33.7m to €37.4m, with the results from asset management rising by more than €5m.BSG’s assets under management dropped from €22bn to €21.5bn. The company said it expected collective pensions management to remain the core activity of its pension provision operations for many years to come, but added that the emphasis in a new pensions system would likely be on individual pension arrangements.last_img read more

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first_imgTonight is the annual Homecoming of Batesville High School.  I would imagine that most girls have at one time or another fantasized about being Homecoming Queen.  One young lady will get that opportunity tonight.At Batesville Homecoming has become a bigger tradition with the addition of the football alumni recognition.  This was started by Jerry Walsh and is now continued by Terry Giesting.  The usual classes honored are those from 10-year intervals back from the current year.  All alumni are invited but just these classes will be featured.I hope to see a lot of you at the game tonight against Lawrenceburg.  Not only is it Homecoming, but the winner will probably be the 3A champion of the EIAC this year.  See you tonight at the game!last_img

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first_imgNEW DELHI: India cricketer Ravindra Jadeja on Friday said that there’s still a long way to go in fight against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and that’s why the citizens should all do their part by staying at home. “I am staying home to fight against COVID-19, are you?” Jadeja said in the video posted on his Instagram account in which he can be seen wearing the blue Indian jersey and doing his famous sword celebrations with his bat. “There is still a long way to go in this battle against COVID-19. We all got to do our part by staying home to help save lives,” he captioned the video.India has been in a nationwide lockdown since March 24 which has been extended twice due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. It is currently slated to end on May 17. IANSAlso Read: Lionel Messi on LaLiga restart ‘Looking forward to the competitions again’last_img read more

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