Offshore wind, battery storage expected to play key role in Japan’s decarbonization efforts

first_imgOffshore wind, battery storage expected to play key role in Japan’s decarbonization efforts FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Japan will promote the use of offshore wind generation and battery storage in its new effort to become carbon neutral by 2050, according to a government official, indicating how the nation might change its policies to meet the ambitious goal.The world’s fifth-biggest greenhouse gas emitter, which is expected to formally announce the emissions pledge Monday, is aligning itself with commitments made by other major economies including the European Union and China, after lagging peers through its continued reliance on coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel.The new policy could have far-reaching effects across the third-largest economy that is home to major auto and technology manufacturers. The country will need to transition much of its infrastructure to meet the new carbon targets as it remains deeply reliant on oil, coal and gas. Earlier this month, Japan started reviewing its basic energy plan with a focus on how to change its long-term power mix.Using ammonia and hydrogen as alternatives to coal and liquefied natural gas will also be a part of the push, according to the government official, who asked not to be identified because the plan isn’t public. A spokeswoman at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the powerful ministry that oversees the country’s industry and energy sectors, wasn’t immediately able to comment.There are signs industry and government are already looking at ways to replace dirtier generation with cleaner technologies. Japan’s offshore wind capacity could jump to 90 gigawatts by 2050, which is equivalent to 60% of the fossil fuel and nuclear facilities expected to close by that time, Shigehito Nakamura, managing director at the Japan Wind Power Association, said last month.The commitment comes on the coattails of other efforts by the Japanese government to curb its carbon footprint, such as plans to shut more than 100 inefficient coal power plants and tightening rules that support sending the country’s coal technology overseas. Japan has faced increased scrutiny for policies that support coal-fired generation as investors and governments step up efforts to combat climate change.[Aya Takada and Stephen Stapczynski]More: Japan to use wind, batteries to meet lofty 2050 carbon goallast_img read more

Aon Belgium wins mandate for pan-European scheme for researchers

first_imgIt also assisted the Task Force with its final report, in which the committee suggested the pension fund be set up under Belgian legislation as an OFP structure.The Task Force shortlisted Belgium’s OFP, a trust-based arrangement in Ireland or a SEPCAV and ASSEP in Luxembourg as “the most practical locations”.Ultimately, it named Belgium’s OFP as the “preferred” vehicle and said it was “fully in line” with the EU’s IORP Directive.It also cited the fact the regulator is “accessible, open-minded and supportive”, there are no “quantitative investment and financing regulations” and the zero tax base.In the report, Aon estimated the initial costs to be €3m for the first three years of the scheme. It said it would take 15 years for the fund to finance itself.The IORP will be rolled out to EU member states this year and then be extended to include the whole of the EEA by 2018.The Commission said the IORP would help employers in “attracting researchers in an increasingly competitive environment” and further assist the development of the European Research Area. Aon Belgium has been awarded a four-year contract worth €4m for providing “support services” to the recently launched pan-European pension project for researchers.The costs, along with other “initial set-up costs”, over the first four-year period will be covered by the European Commission.A cross-border IORP is to be set up later this year, after a consortium of first supporters was named last autumn.Aon had been helping to set up the project in recent years.last_img read more

Qatar unveils World Cup’s first ‘reusable’ stadium

first_imgFIFA is yet to make a final decision on the number of stadiums to be used during 2022.Since controversially being chosen by FIFA to host the tournament in 2022, Qatar has found itself at the centre of a global storm.It has been criticised over human rights and labour abuses and blighted by allegations of corruption.Most recently it has found itself accused of supporting terrorism as part of a bitter dispute involving Doha and its Arabian Gulf neighbours Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain, as well as Egypt.Thawadi said in Sunday’s statement that the diplomatic crisis had not ‘impacted’ on Qatar’s preparations for the World Cup.Qatar’s government has said it is spending $500 million a week preparing for the World Cup.Finance minister Ali Shareef al-Emadi told local media earlier this month that 65 per cent of all World Cup projects have been completed.Earlier this year Qatar unveiled its first completed World Cup 2022 venue, the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, which will also be used to host the World Athletics Championships in two years’ time.Share on: WhatsApp 2022 world cup stadium in qatarDoha, Qatar | AFP | Qatar on Sunday unveiled the design for what it claims is the World Cup’s first ‘reusable’ stadium, the seventh of eight expected venues that will stage games during the 2022 tournament.Ras Abu Aboud is a 40,000 seater stadium that will be built on Doha’s southern waterfront and host matches up to the quarter-final stage.After the tournament the stadium will be taken down, with the parts put in to containers in the hope it will be reassembled and used elsewhere.“This venue offers the perfect legacy, capable of being reassembled in a new location in its entirety or built into numerous small sports or cultural venues,” said Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary-general of Qatar’s World Cup organising committee.Among the materials used in the construction of the stadium are modified shipping containers, according to a statement from Thawadi’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.The stadium should be completed by 2020, said the committee.The architects are a Madrid-based company, Fenwick Iribarren, who were also chosen to design another tournament venue, the Qatar Foundation stadium.Qatar has now revealed the designs for all venues expected to be used in 2022 except the Lusail Stadium, which will host the opening game and World Cup final.Although Qatar’s initial bid was for up to 12 stadiums, it is now scheduled to play matches at just eight venues.last_img read more

Ice cools off Greater Vancouver Canadians

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIf this keeps up the movers and shakers at B.C. Hockey headquarters will want to break up the Kootenay Ice.The Ice shocked one of the top teams in the entire B.C. Major Midget Hockey League, third-place Greater Vancouver Canadians, stealing three of four points during a weekend series at the NDCC Arena.Jesse Knowler of Castlegar scored twice to lead Kootenay to a surprising 5-2 victory over the Greater Vancouver Saturday.Sunday, the Ice came close to bringing out the brooms as the teams played to a 3-3 tie.Greater Vancouver needed a third period marker by Garrett Forster to grab the point.“This team plays like that every weekend but we always seem to find a way to lose,” Wheeldon told The Nelson Daily. “This weekend we found a way to win.”Knowler gave the Ice a 2-0 lead after one period. Greater Vancouver rallied for a pair of second period goals before Dryden Hunt of Nelson, who finished the weekend with five points, scored the eventual game winner with a minute to play in the middle stanza. With Kootenay clinging to the one-goal lead, Luke Bertolucci of Trail snapped a wrist shot past Brodie Burdney in the Greater Vancouver net with just over three minutes left in the game to secure the win.Darren Medeiros of Castlegar added an empty net goal to complete the scoring. Christian Pickles of Langley faced 29 shots to register the win in goal.Sunday, Jarrod Schamerhorn of Kelowna faced 46 shots to power the Ice to the point.Kootenay held period leads of 2-0 and led 3-2 in the third before the Canadians scored to tie the contest. Cranbrook’s Derek Georgopolus scored twice and Hunt added a single to lead the Ice.“Sunday our goalie (Jarrod Schamerhorn) played outstanding,” Wheeldon said, impressed by the improved play of the Ice. Despite having fewer players to choose from to select a team from the Kootenays, Wheeldon would not want to change spots with any of the teams in the league.“I’ll put this team up against any other team in the league,” he said. “Despite our record, they work hard every game.”Kootenay still remains near the bottom of the 11-team league in 10th spot with a record of 3-13-4.Kootenay, idle this weekend, is back on the ice Saturday, December 11 at 5 p.m. in Castlegar when the team faces the North Island Silvertips. The second game of the series goes Sunday also in Castlegar at 10 a.m.ICE CHIPS: Luke Bertolucci is having a season for the Ice, sitting 12th overall in BCMML scoring. The Trail Minor Hockey star is only three points out of fifth spot. . . .Kootenay has been playing most of the season with only five defencemen after Will Lightfoot of Cranbrook injured his leg. [email protected]last_img read more

Armenian heirs try to document their loss

first_imgThe American missionary wrote his notes on a small tag, trying to keep track of the Armenian families he had come to know and whom he was powerless to save as they were deported. “Pallanjian and family have not been heard from since leaving Platana June, 28, 1915,” the Rev. Lyndon S. Crawford wrote in his notes, which he later sent to store owner Hagop Palanjian’s surviving brother. While the missionary may not have known what was happening to all the Armenians he knew, some of whom like Hagop Palanjian entrusted him with jewelry and other property when they were forced from their homes in Trabizond, he knew what was happening in some parts of the Ottoman Empire. “All reports agree that no men got beyond Erzinghan – all killed,” wrote Crawford. Claimants need not prove their insured relatives were murdered, because the 2004 settlement calls for the company to pay off unpaid claims on policies issued to Armenians from the Ottoman Empire during that era. More than 2,300 policies were issued. Engin Ansay, the Turkish consul general in Los Angeles, said some Armenians in the Ottoman Empire had received arms from Russia during World War I and were fighting the Turks. “Missionaries, of course, reported that Armenians were being killed and this should stop,” Ansay said. “If I was there, I would have done the same thing, but that does not prove that it was genocide.” One letter is about American-educated college president Armenag Haigazian, who died in a hospital in 1921 of typhoid following deportation and a stint in an isolation camp. “He was very quiet and slept a great deal the last few days,” American Dr. Mark Ward wrote a year later to the professor’s widow. “Sometimes the nurse would hear him singing some of the good old hymns to himself.” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, said the House International Relations Committee’s approval of his resolution calling on Turkey to recognize the deaths as genocide makes him hopeful the full House will do the same. “Nations around the world have recognized the genocide,” Schiff said. “Historians from all around the world have recognized it. The facts are about as clear as they can be, and I think Turkey has taken a political position, not a historical one.” Among the thousands of documents submitted as part of the New York Life claims process are many intended to show line of descent from an insured individual. They do not attest to whether mass murders occurred, but they illustrate Armenians’ lives decades ago under Ottoman rule and later under the rule of the Soviet Union. One claimant submitted a Soviet workbook owned by a relative who needed the document to work as a teacher. Photos show the shift from traditional to modern ways of life, with more than one family photo showing men wearing fezzes next to relatives wearing Western suits and bow ties. In one early 20th-century photo, a woman poses for a wedding picture wearing a traditional necklace of gold coins and a white headdress. There are also documents written in Ottoman Turkish, the flowing Arabic writing that Turkey later replaced with Latin letters. Claims have been received from more than 20 countries and with documents in a variety of languages. The payment of the claims is expected to occur over the next year. “I’m very pleased that so many personal stories can be told with evidence and with documentation,” said Paul Krekorian, president of the Burbank school board and a board member for the settlement office. “Because with a horrible mass crime like this, sometimes you can get lost in the statistics and when you see individual stories of how this impacted on particular families I think it’s a very compelling, heart-wrenching story.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Decades after an estimated 1.5 million Armenians died in the Ottoman Empire, thousands of personal documents are being filed in a downtown Los Angeles office as part of the $20 million settlement of a class action lawsuit against New York Life, which insured some of the dead. Missionaries’ notes and letters, family photos, birth certificates and other items provide a glimpse into the lives of the Armenian families affected by the deaths of friends and relatives from 1915 to the early 1920s. For many of the Armenian claimants, the personal documents are a reminder of organized mass murder that the governments of the United States and Turkey have not acknowledged. “These documents that I got – cards, letters, whatever – (were) sent by foreign missionaries, American missionaries, and I kept it for future purposes. It’s a proof,” said claimant Henry Palanjian, 72, whose uncle Hagop is the man Crawford’s notes mention as having gone unaccounted for, along with his family. Palanjian, a Costa Mesa resident, is seeking to collect payment for his uncle’s New York Life policy. His is among nearly 4,000 claims, most of them submitted from the United States or Armenia and some of them unknowingly submitted by more than one family member for a single ancestor. last_img read more

Did Apostle Paul Just See a Meteor?

first_img(Visited 66 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 An astronomer explains away Paul’s Damascus vision as a meteor that “changed the course of Christianity.” But does this explain a miracle or insert several more?There has been a long tradition by scientific materialists to explain away Biblical miracles as natural phenomena that simple people in ancient times did not understand. The Flood, for instance, was just a local inundation from the Black Sea. The plagues on Egypt were natural cycles of normal events. The resurrection was a case of the disciples going to the wrong tomb. Here’s a new one: Saul of Tarsus saw a meteor over Damascus. It changed the course of western civilization.According to New Scientist:William Hartmann, co-founder of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, has a different explanation for what happened to Paul. He says the biblical descriptions of Paul’s experience closely match accounts of the fireball meteor seen above Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013.Hartmann has detailed his argument in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science ( He analyses three accounts of Paul’s journey, thought to have taken place around AD 35. The first is a third-person description of the event, thought to be the work of one of Jesus’s disciples, Luke. The other two quote what Paul is said to have subsequently told others.“Everything they are describing in those three accounts in the book of Acts are exactly the sequence you see with a fireball,” Hartmann says. “If that first-century document had been anything other than part of the Bible, that would have been a straightforward story.“Explanations of this kind usually require auxiliary hypotheses. The voice was meaningless noise that got misinterpreted. The scales that fell off Paul’s eyes were flakes of sunburn from the bright fireball.Writer Jacob Aron finds some plausibility in this account of a natural incident changing the course of history. Didn’t the dinosaurs go extinct from a meteor, changing the course of evolution? Didn’t the Tunguska meteor flatten forests for miles around? Meteors can be world-changing things!Hartmann believes we need to think seriously about the implications of his idea. “My goal is not to discredit anything that anybody wants to believe in,” he says. “But if the spread of a major religion was motivated by misunderstanding a fireball, that’s something we human beings ought to understand about ourselves.”Hartmann might test his hypothesis scientifically, even though he thinks it would be highly unlikely to find pieces of the meteor still lying around in Syria. He could examine how many times meteors created new religions. He could find meteors that speak the words of Jesus. Or, he could point to great philosophers, theologians, and authors of sublime books who were inspired by meteors.The problem with naturalizing miracles in the Bible is that the proferred explanations become more unlikely than the miracle itself. Are we to believe that Paul had never seen a meteor before? Meteors are visible every dark night, and meteor showers several times a year. Almost everyone has seen several bright fireballs by the time they are in their twenties or thirties. Meteors may not have been understood in the way we know them today, but any commonplace natural phenomenon will be understood on its own terms. Paul spent many nights outdoors on his travels. Never did he relate any other case of a “talking meteor” speaking for Jesus. Wouldn’t you think that this intellectual, camping out somewhere in Asia Minor, would see a bright meteor and realize he had been mistaken at Damascus years before? This was no meteor! Fireballs come in with a bang and vanish in seconds. The risen Christ spoke with Paul for a minute or longer, relaying specific words and sentences to him that he remembered the rest of his life.Paul was no fool. He was well educated, an intellectual of his day. His writings are of a high intellectual and moral caliber, showing acquaintance with logic, reason, and philosophy. He is not the sort of person to be deceived by his senses, hearing voices and seeing apparitions that did not occur. He repeated his testimony about that Damascus event many years later to Herod Agrippa II without modification, stating additional things the Lord told him.More importantly, Paul’s message came from other personal appearances of the risen Christ and his own knowledge of Scripture. His own study of the Old Testament—not a meteor—was the foundation for his theology. He did not preach to the people on his travels about the Damascus event, but about  Old Testament prophecies to the Jews, and the evidence of creation to the Greeks. If Hartmann’s weird hypothesis were to be followed, we would have to think that meteors generate sublime writings like I Corinthians 13 about love, or the great moral teachings about humility and Christlikeness in his epistle to the Philippians.And, we might ask, what meteors inspired Peter, John, Luke, Matthew, and the other disciples, Barnabas, Philip, and the author of the epistle to the Hebrews? Paul did not change western civilization in a vacuum. He was welcomed by all the other apostles as God’s chosen messenger to the Gentiles. They gave him the right hand of fellowship. When Paul proclaimed the resurrection of Christ in I Corinthians 15, he did not point to a meteor, but to 500 eyewitnesses—many of them still alive—who could corroborate the certainty of the event. Together, not alone, they changed the world, because they were all eyewitnesses of the risen Christ. (Would that today’s Syrians would open Paul’s letters and read them. They still have the power to change the world.)One could ask who is really starstruck here. Hartmann has already undermined his credibility, because his evident naturalism is self-refuting: i.e., to trust his own senses, his own reasoning, or his own credibility, he must presuppose objective truth and morality. So he is a supernaturalist already. And if he thinks his brain is the product of blind, chance forces, he believes in miracles, too: miracles of chance so implausible as to question the sobriety of those who lean on them.Eyewitness testimony is a form of evidence. Most of what we believe about history is based on eyewitness testimony. You can’t put Paul in a test tube, or repeat an alleged meteor. One has to weigh all the evidence for something as unlikely as the conquest of the Roman empire by a group of persecuted fishermen and commoners. It makes good sense to trust the eyewitness account of a faithful and wise man like Paul, whose credibility was undergirded by a lifetime of self-sacrifice, compassion, humility, love and reason—a man willing to suffer a martyr’s death for his account of how the Lord changed him from the “chief of sinners” who persecuted the early church to an obedient servant of the Christ He met, and came to know, and loved. Discounting Paul’s testimony because one’s philosophy cannot accept it is what’s unnatural.12 “In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13 At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me. 14 And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language,[a] ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 15 And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16 But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, 17 delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you 18 to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’19 “Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. 21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me.22 To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23 that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”24 And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” 25 But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. 26 For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” 28 And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?”[b] 29 And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains.” (Acts 26:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9).last_img read more

The Gloves Come Off

first_imgAkhil Kumar is known for his swift moves inside the ring but now the 29-year-old pugilist from Haryana is ready to don his dancing shoes for the fourth season of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. “Boxing involves a lot of footwork and it’s the same in dancing,” says Kumar,Akhil Kumar is known for his swift moves inside the ring but now the 29-year-old pugilist from Haryana is ready to don his dancing shoes for the fourth season of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. “Boxing involves a lot of footwork and it’s the same in dancing,” says Kumar who hopes to “glamourise the sport” in order to attract the youth. His inspiration? “Govinda and Prabhu Deva”. No harm in aiming high.last_img read more

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to clash in Wimbledon final

first_imgRoger FedererRoger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet for the Wimbledon title after the old guard held off the new in the semifinals Friday at the All England Club.Federer, chasing his record eighth Wimbledon championship, swept past Canada’s Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to reach his 25th Grand Slam final.Federer, who owns 17 Slam titles, is back in a major final for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2012.The top-seeded Djokovic ran off six of the final seven points in the tiebreaker to beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) to advance to his third Wimbledon final in four years.It’s also Djokovic’s 14th Grand Slam final and 10th in his last 13 majors.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd expected to fine Pogba after Mourinho post

first_imgMan Utd expected to fine Pogba after Mourinho postby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are to fine Paul Pogba after his social media post celebrating Jose Mourinho’s sacking yesterday, it has been claimed.The Daily Mail says the photo of a smirking Pogba appeared on the player’s Instagram account on Tuesday with the message “caption this”.The post was deleted 10 minutes later but not before it was liked by more than 64,000 people and drew a response from Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville who wrote: “You can do one as well!” United bosses were angered by the post which they believe was in bad taste and disrespectful by the club’s £89million record signing. Pogba, who earns £300,000 a week at Old Trafford, is expected to be fined for his actions. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more